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.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Passengers on migrant boat teach Christians how to swim... .

... by tossing them overboard.

No, the title of this post is not meant to be a mere joke. The title is intended to provoke a strong sense of revulsion and righteous outrage at the cruel actions of men who discarded human lives that they deemed expendable.

The mainstream press, for once, has deemed newsworthy an act of anti-Christian violence. Were it not for the fact the murders occurred during the course of another sad chapter in the migrant crisis, apparently a popular topic these days, this most recent act of violence against Christians probably would have been ignored.
ROME (AP) — Italy's migration crisis took on a deadly new twist Thursday as police in Sicily reported that Muslim migrants had thrown 12 Christians overboard during a recent crossing from Libya, and an aid group said another 41 were feared drowned in a separate incident. 
The 15 were accused of multiple homicide aggravated by religious hatred, police said in a statement.

Palermo police said they had detained 15 people suspected in the high seas assault, which they learned of while interviewing tearful survivors from Nigeria and Ghana who had arrived in Palermo Wednesday morning after being rescued at sea by the ship Ellensborg.

The survivors said they had boarded a rubber boat April 14 on the Libyan coast with 105 passengers aboard, part of the wave of migrants taking advantage of calm seas and warm weather to make the risky crossing from Libya, where most smuggling operations originate.

During the crossing, the migrants from Nigeria and Ghana — believed to be Christians — were threatened with being abandoned at sea by some 15 other passengers from the Ivory Coast, Senegal, Mali and Guinea Bissau.

Eventually the threat was carried out and 12 were pushed overboard. The statement said the motive was that the victims "professed the Christian faith while the aggressors were Muslim."

Rescued migrants wait to disembark from an Italian Coast Guard ship in the harbor of Palermo, Sicily …

The surviving Christians, the statement said, only managed to stay on board by forming a "human chain" to resist the assault.
Consider, also, the following recent report (16 April 2015) about yet another sad story of violence against Christians:
Christian boy torched by two muslims dies in Pakistani hospital after forgiving his attackers 
The 15-year-old Pakistani Christian boy who was beaten, doused with kerosene and set on fire by two Muslim men last week died early Wednesday morning from burns covering 55% of his body. Before dying, the boy said that he forgave his assailants.

Last Friday, two young Muslims stopped the 15-year-old, Nouman Masih, as he was walking to a cloth-stitching job and asked him what religion he belonged to. When he answered he was Christian, they beat him up, threw kerosene on him, and set him ablaze.—Breitbart/CP.
The 15 year old boy's name was Nouman Masih. Like his Lord and Saviour, he forgave those who tortured him. Nouman was killed because he was Christian. May God forgive his attackers and the men who murdered the 12 Christians tossed overboard. May God welcome into His presence those Christians who, by witnessing to the true Faith, have been murdered by violent men.

Pray for our persecutors; pray for the dead in Christ.

Updated/reformatted: April 16/23:42 PDT

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