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.

Saturday, November 1, 2014

The Catholic Adventure

Catholic Sacristan/2012

Imagine freedom, the freedom to act with reckless self sacrificing love, the freedom to act with abandon and to enjoy God's creation and to share the joy of freedom found only in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Imagine the freedom found in surrendering to the joy of the Holy Spirit given by Jesus to those who ask it of Him.

Imagine hope, the hope lived every day in a heart configured to Jesus Christ in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Imagine the hope, serenity and peace gained in the magnificent gift of prayer, a gift given by Jesus to those who ask it of Him. Imagine, too, the challenge of living for others rather than oneself, of being configured to the mission of Jesus to give oneself freely as a warrior in the battle against the world, the flesh and the devil so that others, too, may find freedom in the saving message and person of Jesus Christ.

We Catholics are fixed upon a treasure beyond compare—the Mass or Holy Eucharist. In the Mass, we live with one foot firmly planted on the earth among God's children—the poor, the rich, the elderly, the young. We also have one foot in heaven, for there in the Mass Christ descends from heaven to reveal Himself in the humblest of forms. In the Mass, heaven meets earth.

Why be Catholic? Knowing the fullness of redemption found only in the Church, the question that should be asked is, 'Why be anything or anyone else but Catholic?' The Catholic adventure means accepting Jesus' invitation to something much bigger and more beautiful than we can possibly imagine. The adventure begins when we are united with Christ in His mission of love, truth, justice and mercy. Are you ready for such an adventure?

Freedom, love, hope, peace and joy. Instead of merely imagining such gifts, discover Jesus in His Catholic Church, the same Church He founded on Saint Peter and the Apostles, the same Jesus Who gives all good gifts to those who love Him and keep his commandments. Jesus, He Who gave His life for love of us and to open the gates of heaven, waits to lavish upon the sincere seeker all that He has won for us: communion with God and the promise of true and lasting happiness.

Ask God for the grace of knowing Jesus Christ. Ask for the grace of the Holy Spirit to enlighten your mind and guide your heart.

Loving Father,
help me see and to listen with the eyes and ears of faith.
Help me to know and love You.

Help me turn from every obstacle I place in the way of Your peace.
Kindle in me a burning desire for truth and love for my neighbour.
Grant me the gift of sincere prayer so I may hear Your voice of truth and mercy.
Help me, Lord, to forgive and love those who have caused me hurt.
Help me draw near to You in Your Church,
Your home for people wounded by sin.
Forgive me for having wounded others by my callous actions.

May the Holy Spirit enlighten my life with every grace
to help me grow closer to You
so that I may spend the remainder of my days doing what is most pleasing to You.
I surrender to You, God, in Jesus' name, the same Jesus You sent
to rescue us from the slavery of sin.
The same Jesus Who taught us to call You Father.
Amen.

—Contact a priest at a local parish and ask about instruction in the Faith, Baptism and Confirmation. Ask the priest about Jesus and His Gospel.

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