We are not just material beings, but spiritual persons with a need for meaning, purpose, and fulfillment that transcends the visible confines of this world. This longing for transcendence is a longing for truth, goodness, and beauty. Truth, goodness, and beauty are called the transcendentals of being, because they are aspects of being. Everything in existence has these transcendentals to some extent. God, of course, as the source of all truth, goodness, and beauty, has these transcendentals to an infinite degree. Oftentimes, he draws us to himself primarily through one of these transcendentals. St. Augustine, who was drawn to beauty in all its creaturely forms, found the ultimate beauty he was seeking in God, his creator, the beauty “ever ancient, ever new.”―Sister Gabriella Yi, O.P.

Beauty in Music

Friday, September 23, 2016

Best buds: Archbishop Durocher & FutureChurch

Woe to you, when all men speak well of you,
for so their fathers did to the false prophets.—St. Luke 6:26

FutureChurch, an association of heretics, has spoken well of Archbishop Paul-André Durocher.

LifeSiteNews has an article on deaconette fanboy Archbishop Paul-André Durocher.
GATINEAU, Quebec, September 23, 2016 (LifeSiteNews) — A Canadian archbishop is defending an award he received Thursday night from a dissident U.S. Catholic group for his work in promoting female deacons within the Catholic Church during the 2015 Family Synod in Rome.
“I believe in building bridges. I believe in dialogue. I might not agree with everything [FutureChurch] espouse[s], and you might not agree with everything I do, yet it is important that in the Church we never stop reaching out to each other and working together for the greater good whenever we can,” Archbishop Paul-André Durocher of the Gatineau diocese in Quebec said during his acceptance speech.
There is reaching out to build bridges with people of goodwill, and then there is the foolishness of going to bed with the enemy.

Does Archbishop Durocher support the ordination of women to the same diaconate as men? By all reasonable accounts, yes, he does. If there is doubt about the accuracy of that conclusion—e.g., perhaps Durocher was referring to deaconesses who were not ordained like men, merely commissioned to a ministry, as we might say nowadays—then Durocher might be permitted some latitude. However, the organization that has awarded him their approval is a group that has made clear that it wants nothing less than the ordination of women to the priesthood, something which Saint John Paul II stated is absolutely impossible. Roma locuta est, causa finita est.

Should Archbishop Durocher be more concerned about the delicate souls of those in the Church for whom his comments and behaviour is a cause for confusion?

Archbishop Durocher should not be so cavalier as to justify his acceptance of the award by stating
"I might not agree with everything [FutureChurch] espouse[s], and you might not agree with everything I do, yet it is important that in the Church we never stop reaching out to each other and working together for the greater good whenever we can(.)"
Is Durocher saying he would accept an award from Planned Parenthood if he and they happen to agree on the important matter of women's health? Note to Archbishop Durocher: Planned Parenthood and the Catholic Church have very different views on women's health.

The scandal of appearances.

Archbishop Durocher is not merely dialoguing with FutureChurch. He has accepted an award from them. He has not merely "built a bridge". Durocher has accepted a portion of the toll that FutureChurch exacts from the (low-information) faithful who are, given Durocher's cozy association with dissidents, now more likely to cross over that bridge into dissent.

Archbishop Durocher, whether he realizes it or not, has rented a motel room with FutureChurch and slept in the same (deaconess') bed. He may not have taken off his clothes, but he certainly shares with them at least one theological disease.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Inquisition UCC style part two: "The purge approaches?"

The Untied Chooch of Canada is making headlines once again for its curious goings on.

Background to the current article:
‘Vitriol’ among United Church members as atheist minister closer to being dismissed in formal hearing
Douglas Quan | September 22, 2016 | Colin Perkel/The Canadian Press
Rev. Gretta Vosper — who has said she doesn't believe in “the god called God” — is facing to a review of whether she is following her ordination vows.

A United Church of Canada minister who is a self-professed atheist and has been the subject of an unprecedented probe into her theological beliefs is one step closer to being removed from the pulpit.

Trouble in the playpen called life.

Do you experience heightened anxiety in the workplace? Anxiety raised by a coworker who is uncooperative, perhaps even a little devious and given to undermining others' work? How about a boss who, no matter what effort you give to a project or task finds fault, even though your work is, by all objective standards, exemplary? How about a similar boss that has you jumping through needless hoops or who micromanages everyone's work, even to the point of imposing his or her uninformed decisions upon employees who know better their jobs? How about a client who comes to you with conflicting requests and, no matter what action you recommend or service that you provide, he or she waffles and changes commitments mid-service leaving you to absorb the fallout?

The lamentations list could go on and on and... .

We, all of us, can be unreasonable at times. Some much more than others. Most of us manage to examine our consciences, formally or informally, and try to correct our course and make better decisions in the future. There are those who play well with others, and there are those, however, who want others to bow down at the altars of their egos.

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

The Poetry of the Liturgy: Vouchsafe, O Lord... .

There is a word, a curious word—at least to speakers of contemporary English—that is frequently employed in the Ordinariate Mass (Divine Worship). It is a lovely word; a beautiful word. 

That word affirms right relationship with God. The creature—man—petitions his Creator with a word that recognizes his creatureliness, his dignity as a child of God.

Christ restores man's friendship with God. Thus we who were once fallen, and now restored to grace through Baptism and, when having sinned after Baptism, through the Sacrament of Penance, are able to once again speak with God as Adam and Eve once spoke with our loving Father in the primordial Garden, Eden.

The word of which we here intend to speak is a bridge between our narrow preoccupations and the freedom of worshipping God with reverence due to Him.

We adore God, and so we petition Him to grant to us, in His infinite mercy, a just answer to our prayers as only God can. We trust in God's mercy, His right judgement and His love of His creation.

We, His redeemed children, approach our Father in heaven with due deference, familiarity and profound humility. We approach Him through words such as 'vouchsafe'.