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.

Bishop Lopes: A Pledged Troth. A pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia.

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Rise up, O Angels of God!

From the Vatican Radio site:
The Director of the Press Office of the Holy See, Fr. Federico Lombardi, SJ, has issued a statement communicating the Holy Father's prayerful concern over the violence raging in Iraq, and especially for the Christians affected by the violence.
The Holy Father renews his spiritual closeness to all those who are suffering through this painful trial, and makes the impassioned appeals of the local bishops his own, asking together with them in behalf of their sorely tried communities, that the whole Church and all the faithful raise up with one voice a ceaseless prayer, imploring the Holy Spirit to send the gift of peace.
Christians fleeing Daesh aggressors in Iraq
Image: Vatican Radio

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Almighty and merciful Father, send forth Your Holy Spirit to save Your faithful people from tyranny and death.
Protect the disciples of Your Son, our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ,
and protect all people of goodwill trapped by violence and injustice.
Rise up, O holy angels of God and deliver the people of God to safety.
Saint Michael, mighty seraph and general of God's army, do battle with the forces of darkness and conquer!
Break the enemy's strongholds and free the innocent people of Iraq.
In the name of Jesus Christ, Who lives and reigns forever and ever.
Amen.

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Fast and pray for all persecuted peoples, especially those in Iraq.

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