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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Monday, August 29, 2016

An Aaron Neville moment. Sometimes you just want to 'tell it like it is'.

Respect. Authenticity. Maturity. Conscience conformed to the Truth. Humility. Mortality.

Keepin' 'it' real. Life is short. So, don't mess around. If you render yourself disposable and your life meaningless by allowing yourself to be reduced to a thing ("a toy"), you should not be surprised when you find yourself emotionally and spiritually destitute. So, don't blame the rest of the human race for your intentional slide into oblivion. Man up! Ask for the grace to mature in the ways of God, to grow in holiness.
When I was a child, I spoke like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child; when I became a man, I gave up childish ways.—1 Corinthians 13:11
The human heart is a precious jewel. A heart centred on God is a heart living its potential. A person would be right to be furious (righteously angry) with someone who plays lightly with another person's heart.
The good man out of the good treasure of his heart produces good, and the evil man out of his evil treasure produces evil; for out of the abundance of the heart his mouth speaks.—St. Luke 6:45
There is no denying the wisdom of a conscience well formed, i.e., a conscience formed according to the teaching of Christ. The Magisterium of the Catholic Church hands on faithfully all that Christ said and did. We choose His path of life as taught to us by His Church, or we choose the path of death taught to us by the world. Will pride (and a disordered desire for worldly success) get in the way of choosing Jesus Christ and serving the mission of the Church?
Whereas the aim of our charge is love that issues from a pure heart and a good conscience and sincere faith.—1 Timothy 1:5

Sunday, August 28, 2016

The tyranny of feelings challenged in a comic.

ChurchPop | adam4d.com

A brief but sincere acknowledgement of God's mercy.

Thanks be to God for many graces received; for the ongoing restoration of body and mind; for peace and order of life; for protection from the machinations of badly behaving people.

Thank You, Lord, for the gift of the Holy Eucharist.

Thank you, dear readers, for your prayers. Keep praying.

God is good.

—IJ (W)

Saturday, August 27, 2016

New report — "some of the most frequently heard claims about sexuality and gender are not supported by scientific evidence."

The understanding of sexual orientation as an innate, biologically fixed property of human beings — the idea that people are “born that way” — is not supported by scientific evidence. 
The hypothesis that gender identity is an innate, fixed property of human beings that is independent of biological sex — that a person might be “a man trapped in a woman’s body” or “a woman trapped in a man’s body” — is not supported by scientific evidence.
Special Report/#50/Fall2016/The New Atlantis.
Below, beyond the Special Report's authors' biographies and the excerpt from the Editor's note, is the Executive Summary of the Special Report. The complete Special Report can be found at the link immediately below:

Dinosaurs and dissenters and the Magisterium of Charles P. Pierce.

There are many Catholics, lay and ordained, who imagine the Church to be made in their own image.

For the purposes of identifying the problems associated with the liberal-progressive (c)atholic mind, let us turn to someone with a very public history of expressing his mind on matters about which he claims so very much knowledge.

Charles P. Pierce, a writer of questionable faith and broken understanding of Catholic doctrine and Holy Scripture, is one such (c)atholic whose finger pointing and snarky wit brings to mind an angry drunk whose tirades are always directed at people more sober than himself.

I judge you to be judgemental. Can't tag your butcher!

Mr. Pierce, writer of adolescent screed, enjoys sitting in judgement of others while denying any role to those who happen to disagree with his half-baked, intellectually dishonest take on Catholicism and public life. His is a faith or rationale stripped of the wisdom and authority provided to the Church by the Holy Spirit and mediated by the Magisterium. Mr. Pierce's loutish commentary tends to confirm the notion that he sees his opinion approaching the authority of bishops, if not the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ.