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.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Ottawa: Attack on Ceremonial Guard Soldier

Shortly before 10am Ottawa local time, a soldier standing guard at the War Memorial was shot. Reports vary, but at least one gunman is responsible for the vicious attack on the soldier. Additional shots were fired as the gunman or gunmen entered the Centre Block of Parliament.

Individuals, among them parliamentarians, via twitter are saying one gunman has been killed and that police are pursing at least one additional suspect. The suspect's or suspects' car was found on the street near the Memorial.

Please pray for the guardsman, members of parliament, our emergency, police and security forces as they deal with this barbaric attack on our national government. Pray, too, that any additional perpetrators of these violent crimes be rapidly brought to justice.

This latest attack follows an attack on two soldiers by Ahmad (Martin Couture-)Rouleau, a 25 year old radicalized convert to Islam whose passport was seized earlier by authorities. One soldier died after being run down by Rouleau who was driving. Rouleau was shot and killed by police. Public Safety Minister Steven Blaney said the deliberate attack was "clearly linked to terrorist ideology".—Ottawa AFP.

Pray for the souls of these misguided men responsible for these cruel attacks. Pray, too, that any others considering the use of violence to further their goals may come to their senses. May the Holy Spirit speak to these individuals and, barring their choice of peace over violence, confuse the enemies of peace so that their efforts may be thwarted and law abiding citizens may live peacefully without being threatened by terrorists.

May God bless our security and intelligence services with sharp minds so they may identify any additional threats and anticipate any potential attacks in the future.

Update: mainstream media report one gunman shot dead. Additional gunshots have been reported at or near the Chateau Laurier.

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