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.

Monday, July 13, 2015

A personal prayer during Holy Communion

All thanks and praise be to You, merciful and loving Father, for the gift of the most precious Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ. Look upon this earthly tabernacle and see only Your Son dwelling here, filling it with His very Presence.

Merciful Father, send forth Your Holy Spirit to kindle in me a perfect trust of Your will that I may enter more deeply into Jesus' death so that, at the end of this earthly pilgrimage, I may in peace enter into the everlasting joy of His resurrection and the eternal communion of the Most Holy Trinity. In Jesus' name. Amen.

Glory be to the Father, and to the Son and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be, world without end. Amen.

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