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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So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.—2 Thessalonians 2:15

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

A Lenten Credo

The Catholic Church, established by Jesus Christ, proposes the path of life for all people.

Therefore, I believe in ...
  1. forming my conscience in accord with the will of God expressed in the Magisterial teachings of the Catholic Church.
  2. the dignity of man (men and women) created in the image and likeness of God. CCC1700
  3. the inalienable rights of freedom of conscience, freedom of religion and freedom of speech (cf. Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms), rights that come from God and which should be protected by the state.
  4. demonstrating respect for the person and willing the best for each person.
  5. obedience to my spiritual fathers, i.e., the hierarchy, and all those placed in authority over me by God.
  6. forgiveness of one's persecutors and to return only love when confronted with evil.
  7. comforting the afflicted, sharing in the sufferings of others by providing a safe haven for those in distress, offering material relief, if possible, when needed, and offering appropriate spiritual counsel, hope and solidarity with those who are most in need of assistance.
  8. supporting and encouraging all who seek constructive guidance in professional matters.
  9. the beauty, truth and goodness of God found fully in the Catholic Church.
  10. humbling myself before God and God's children to better serve God and His children, my brothers and sisters.
  11. striving to see and serve Jesus Christ in everyone I meet, even when Jesus presents Himself in a distressing disguise.

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