New Delhi (AsiaNews) - Last night another Catholic church in New Delhi was vandalized, the Church of Saint Alphonsa in Vasant Kunj, central district of the Indian capital. Fr. Vincent Salvatore, the parish priest, found the tabernacle open and the ciborium missing. The Hosts were scattered on the altar and on the floor. The Archdiocese of Delhi spokesman Fr. Savarimuthu Sankar, said: "We are not sure if it was just a theft case or a deliberate attempt to create mischief " The act of vandalism is the fifth against a Catholic church in the past two months. Police have launched an investigation.
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.