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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.

Eucharistic Miracle?

It is rather odd when you deny the possibility of divorce that you are denounced as Pharisees when the Pharisees permitted divorce. Jesus called them hard-hearted for not defending the truth of marriage.—The Curt Jester [link].

Monday, November 30, 2015

Liberal website posts article about persecuted Christians.

Are the leftwing liberal media finally reporting on atrocities committed against Christians in the Middle East?
SALON (Yep, that Salon!)
SUNDAY, NOV 29, 2015 06:00 AM PST
Dead temples vs. living churches: ISIS is obliterating Christian communities — why aren’t we paying attention?
We mourn destruction of artifacts, but the living churches being destroyed are the heart and soul.
By Philip Jenkins [source/link]
Every few days, ISIS militants in the Middle East carry out some new atrocity calculated to inflict shock and awe on Western opinion. They carry out barbarous executions, they destroy priceless items of cultural heritage, all duly filmed, and those acts have their effect worldwide. It's a sad commentary on global opinion, though, that some of the most savage blows inflicted on the world's cultural and religious heritage have gained nothing like as much attention. Assyrian sculptures and Greco-Roman temples are irreplaceable monuments of human civilization, but so too are the living churches now being uprooted. Christian communities have almost been obliterated in most of Iraq, and a similar process is underway in large areas of Syria. That humanitarian crisis is familiar enough, but far less understood is the significance of these churches now facing terminal crisis. In their time, they represented not just a distant fringe of Christianity, but its heart and core. Ironically, they decisively shaped the history of Islam, as well as Christianity.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

New Bishop for Diocese of Whitehorse

CCCB | Bishop-elect Vila
The wait for a new bishop is over for the faithful of the Diocese of Whitehorse.

Pope Francis has appointed a new bishop for the vast Diocese of Whitehorse:
(CCCB – Ottawa) His Holiness Pope Francis today named the Reverend Héctor Felipe Vila as Bishop of the Diocese of Whitehorse. At the time of his appointment, he was Rector of Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Toronto. Bishop-elect Vila succeeds the Most Reverend Gary Gordon who was appointed Bishop of the Diocese of Victoria on June 14, 2014. Bishop Gordon had served as Apostolic Administrator of Whitehorse until he was installed as Bishop of Victoria on August 28, 2014. Since then, the Reverend Kieran Kilcommons, M.H.A., has been Diocesan Administrator of the Diocese of Whitehorse.

Born on September 17, 1962, in Lima, Peru, Bishop-elect Vila did his primary studies and part of his secondary education in his homeland before immigrating to Canada in 1979. He graduated in Mechanical Engineering in 1986 from George Brown College in Toronto. In 1987, he joined the Neo-catechumenal Way. He began his studies in philosophy and theology at the University of Toronto and in 1989 continued his studies at the Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Rome and at the Gregorian University. Subsequently, he obtained a licentiate in patristic studies from the Pontifical Oriental Institute in Rome. Bishop-elect Vila was ordained to the priesthood by Saint John Paul II on May 14, 1995, for the Diocese of Rome where he ministered until 1998.

In 1998, upon his return to Canada, he was appointed administrator of St. Norbert's Parish in Toronto. In 2000, he was then appointed Rector of Redemptoris Mater Seminary in Toronto.

According to the CCCB 2015 Directory, the Diocese of Whitehorse has 22 parishes and missions, with a Catholic population of 8,150, served by seven diocesan priests, three priests who are members of religious communities, two Sisters who are also members of religious communities, and seven lay pastoral assistants.

Pray for Bishop-elect Vila and the faithful of the Diocese of Whitehorse. Give thanks to God for the service of Reverend Kieran Kilcommons, M.H.A., who has served as Administrator during the sede vacante.

After Bishop Richard Gagnon was transferred to Winnipeg, the Diocese of Whitehorse graciously released to the Diocese of Victoria their former bishop, His Excellency Gary Gordon.

Since his return to the Banana Belt, Bishop Gordon has inspired the twinning of Vancouver Island parishes with Whitehorse parishes.

Converts from Islam slain

There are few places of refuge for Christians in the Middle East. Yemen is not one of them.
Two converts from Islam slain in Yemen
Both Christians had received threats; one from Muslim family members, the other from Al Qaeda.
November 25, 2015
[The identity of the reporter is not given. Presumably to protect him/her from any repercussions resulting from the report.]
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Two Christians in Yemen, both converts from Islam, have been ambushed and killed because of their faith, according to sources close to the victims.
In Taiz, a city with a pre-war population of 600,000 people in southwest Yemen, at least one member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) ambushed a Christian man in the city and shot him 15 to 20 times in early September. A second Christian was shot once in his home on Oct. 2, sources said. The second victim may have been killed by a Muslim extremist group or by members of his own family, they said.
In other news, a young Egyptian woman is made a scapegoat and killed for converting to Christianity.
[Edited for length and grammar.]
November 26, 2015

EGYPT– This is a sad story but it gets to explain how things work in Muslim Egypt. Four years ago in Alexandria Egypt, a 22 year old Muslim named “Marwa A. E” is divorced by her Muslim husband. She later falls in love with her neighbor; a young Coptic Christian man. She then converts to Christianity, marries her Christian love and moves with him to hide in a distant village in Tamia (Tamiyyah). They had two children and she was two months pregnant. Last week the couple decided to secretly visit their church back in Alexandria [...]. She is then spotted by her daughter she had given birth to from her previous Muslim husband. [...] Her daughter (from the previous Muslim husband) was irate that her mother had taken off the Hijab and had easily recognized her. The daughter [...] tells her mother’s uncle and brother and they (apprehended) Marwa as it is typically the custom: (they) kidnap the convert and take them to a family home and keep them in tribal custody until they recant their Christian faith.