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

Monday, February 23, 2015

Caritas Christi Urget Nos

Caritas Christi urget nos. The love of Christ urges us on (2 Cor 5:14).

The following excerpt is from an article entitled The Catholic Definition of Charity published at The Catholic Herald. Click HERE for the full article.
Our good works are the overflow of a life in communion with Christ.
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Thus an authentic Catholic understanding of development should view caritas as nothing less than the love of Jesus Christ. This is our best motive for helping people. It is our faith and love in Jesus Christ that inspires us. It is our respect for our fellow man and woman and child that motivates us. Each person (is) made in the image and likeness of God. Thus we have to do all we can to give them the dignity that is already theirs – and in doing so we will regain our own dignity.

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