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On The Transcendentals of Being

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.

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Victoria, BC April 17, 2015

On Human Dignity

CCC1700. The dignity of the human person is rooted in his creation in the image and likeness of God; it is fulfilled in his vocation to divine beatitude. It is essential to a human being freely to direct himself to this fulfillment. By his deliberate actions, the human person does, or does not, conform to the good promised by God and attested by moral conscience. Human beings make their own contribution to their interior growth; they make their whole sentient and spiritual lives into means of this growth. With the help of grace they grow in virtue, avoid sin, and if they sin they entrust themselves as did the prodigal son to the mercy of our Father in heaven. In this way they attain to the perfection of charity.

Saturday, April 18, 2015

Name Calling: the new Anglicans

Well, it had to happen. Given the struggles over the past few decades, the question was 'when' not 'if. Well, that question has been answered. A global majority of Anglicans have decided to pack their bags and form a new collective.

The large Anglican communities of Africa are taking it to the streets, or at least away from Canterbury and the Church of England, and are joining up with ACNA (Anglican Church in North America) and the Anglican Province of South America.

Formed out of the GAFCON experience, prelates representing some 40 million of the Anglican block who have become disillusioned at the direction taken by the CofE, the Anglican Church of Canada (ACoC) and the Episcopal Church (ECUSA or TEC), and a few other acronymic Anglican bodies, the new grouping or communion still needs a name.

For starters:
  1. The New Anglican Communion or Novus Communionis Anglicanae (NAC/NCA)
  2. The Methodist Church... er, wait,... that's already in use. Never mind.
  3. Global Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans (already in use; a strong contender)
  4. Not involving CofE Anglicans (NiCEA)
  5. Anglicans of the New Covenant (ANC, not to be confused with the African National Congress)
  6. Anglicans Not Anglican'ts (ANA)
  7. The Via Media Crew Reborn (VMCR)
  8. The Global Anglican Church of the Reform (GACR)
  9. We're not that other bunch of Anglicans (WNTOBOA)
  10. The Anglican Church (you figure it out) (TAC-YFIO)
  11. The One Truer Anglican Church (OTAC)
  12. The Apostolic Anglican Church (AAC, not to be confused with the American Anglican Council)
  13. Anglicans of the Realignment... and yes, we'll adjust the wheels on your car. (AOTR)
  14. Oh my gosh... do we need yet another Anglican body? (OMGDWNYAAB)
Get the fuller blurb on the recent Anglican developments at the following links:
Two words for those seeking authentic Anglican heritage and spirituality in communion with the Church founded by Jesus Christ: Anglican Ordinariate.
Pray for our Anglican brothers and sisters. Through their current struggles, may God lead them closer to Jesus Christ and His Church.

Friday, April 17, 2015

Cardinal George

Almighty God, grant to Francis Eugene Cardinal George a swift and merciful judgement.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.

Mother Mary, please pray for the repose of the soul of Francis Cardinal George among the saints.

Wisdom for Daily Living from the Book of Proverbs: Why wisdom?

How often do we avail ourselves of the pithy wisdom found in the Book of Proverbs?
1 The proverbs of Solomon, son of David, king of Israel:
2 That men may know wisdom and instruction, understand words of insight, (3) receive instruction in wise dealingrighteousness, justice, and equity; (4) that prudence may be given to the simple, knowledge and discretion to the youth— (5) the wise man also may hear and increase in learning, and the man of understanding acquire skill, (6) to understand a proverb and a figure, the words of the wise and their riddles.

7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge; fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Avoid the counsel and company of the wicked.
10 My son, if sinners entice you, do not consent. (11) If they say, “Come with us, let us lie in wait for blood, let us wantonly ambush the innocent; (12) like Sheol let us swallow them alive and whole, like those who go down to the Pit; (13) we shall find all precious goods, we shall fill our houses with spoil; (14) throw in your lot among us, we will all have one purse”—(15) my son, do not walk in the way with them, hold back your foot from their paths; (16) for their feet run to evil, and they make haste to shed blood.

17 For in vain is a net spread in the sight of any bird; (18) but these men lie in wait for their own blood, they set an ambush for their own lives.

19 Such are the ways of all who get gain by violence; it takes away the life of its possessors.
Daesh/ISIS/ISIL/Islamic State militants would do well to reflect seriously on the last few verses and repent before it is too late.

Likewise, the call to repent goes out to administrators, business leaders, politicians, special interest groups or persons in positions of civic power who, exercising power for personal gain or to prop up a system that keeps people in their place, bully or ignore and thereby marginalize co-workers, parents and/or religious people of faith.

The injustice committed against the working poor by employers who refuse to acknowledge dedicated service by offering advancement to hard working, long serving employees in educational institutions, for example, is undermining the integrity of universities and colleges as bastions of equity and justice. There is a shocking lack of employment fairness for sessional instructors at universities and colleges who, providing the lion's share of the teaching load and propping up the very system that abuses them, are routinely exploited for their expertise but denied any real and equitable advancement. Sessional instructors are the canaries in the proverbial coal mine. Their mistreatment heralds the irrelevance of institutions that preach social justice but manage to engage in practices that no private business could sustain without fear of a charge of employee abuse for similar workplace practices.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Passengers on migrant boat teach Christians how to swim... .

... by tossing them overboard.

No, the title of this post is not meant to be a mere joke. The title is intended to provoke a strong sense of revulsion and righteous outrage at the cruel actions of men who discarded human lives that they deemed expendable.

The mainstream press, for once, has deemed newsworthy an act of anti-Christian violence. Were it not for the fact the murders occurred during the course of another sad chapter in the migrant crisis, apparently a popular topic these days, this most recent act of violence against Christians probably would have been ignored.
ROME (AP) — Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident. 
The 15 were accused of multiple homicide aggravated by religious hatred, police said in a statement.

Palermo police said they had detained 15 people suspected in the high seas assault, which they learned of while interviewing tearful survivors from Nigeria and Ghana who had arrived in Palermo Wednesday morning after being rescued at sea by the ship Ellensborg.

The survivors said they had boarded a rubber boat April 14 on the Libyan coast with 105 passengers aboard, part of the wave of migrants taking advantage of calm seas and warm weather to make the risky crossing from Libya, where most smuggling operations originate.

During the crossing, the migrants from Nigeria and Ghana — believed to be Christians — were threatened with being abandoned at sea by some 15 other passengers from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau.

Eventually the threat was carried out and 12 were pushed overboard. The statement said the motive was that the victims "professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim."

Rescued migrants wait to disembark from an Italian Coast Guard ship in the harbor of Palermo, Sicily …

The surviving Christians, the statement said, only managed to stay on board by forming a "human chain" to resist the assault.
Consider, also, the following recent report (16 April 2015) about yet another sad story of violence against Christians:
Christian boy torched by two muslims dies in Pakistani hospital after forgiving his attackers 
The 15-year-old Pakistani Christian boy who was beaten, doused with kerosene and set on fire by two Muslim men last week died early Wednesday morning from burns covering 55% of his body. Before dying, the boy said that he forgave his assailants.

Last Friday, two young Muslims stopped the 15-year-old, Nouman Masih, as he was walking to a cloth-stitching job and asked him what religion he belonged to. When he answered he was Christian, they beat him up, threw kerosene on him, and set him ablaze.—Breitbart/CP.
The 15 year old boy's name was Nouman Masih. Like his Lord and Saviour, he forgave those who tortured him. Nouman was killed because he was Christian. May God forgive his attackers and the men who murdered the 12 Christians tossed overboard. May God welcome into His presence those Christians who, by witnessing to the true Faith, have been murdered by violent men.

Pray for our persecutors; pray for the dead in Christ.

Updated/reformatted: April 16/23:42 PDT

The Proper of the Mass for Sundays and Solemnities: Chants for the Roman Missal in English.

Please visit the august blog New Liturgical Movement to learn about an excellent new resource for the Ordinary Form.

The Proper of the Mass for Sundays and Solemnities: Chants for the Roman Missal in English. Fr. Samuel F. Weber, O.S.B. of The Benedict XVI Institute of the Archdiocese of San Francisco. San Francisco: Ignatius Press, 2015. xx + 995 pages. Publisher’s link.

Dr. Peter Kwasniewski provides a detailed presentation on the new resource with links and videos.

There are lots of images to get the reader inside the book for a look around.

The Sign of The Cross