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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Saturday, July 4, 2015

Christie-centric: the small world of Governor Chris Christie.

A very large problem for Catholics has been and continues to be Catholics who refer to themselves as Catholics but act like they are pagans.

When a so-called Catholic politician elevates duty to the state above duty to God by suppressing freedom of conscience,
said politician is little different than a despot.
LifeSiteNews reports:
TRENTON, NJ, July 3, 2015 (LifeSiteNews) – Chris Christie is not known for nuance. This time, he has turned his fiery personality loose on county clerks and other officials who have religious objections to performing same-sex “marriages.”
In a tone usually reserved for busting teachers' unions, Christie told clerks who hold traditional values, “You took the job, and you took the oath.” He would offer no exemption for an individual whose conscience would not allow him to participate in a union the vast majority of the world's religions deem sinful.
“When you go back and re-read the oath it doesn’t give you an out. You have to do it,” he said. (And if Christie's "demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience"...? Refer to citation below: CCC 2242)
He told a reporter that there “might” be “individual circumstances” that “merit some examination, but none that come immediately to mind for me.” (It seems Gov. Christie has forgotten what it means to be Catholic. He requires a refresher course or two on Catholicism.)
“I think for folks who are in the government world, they kind of have to do their job, whether you agree with the law or you don’t,” the pugnacious governor said. (Perhaps Christie and other cafeteria types should pay more attention to the example of a Catholic Governor who actually understands and embraces the obligations attached to being Catholic. click HERE)
It's a small(minded) world after all.

Dear American cousins, do Governor Christie's remarks sound like a freedom-loving God-fearing person of goodwill, or do his remarks expose him as someone who advocates the suppression of inalienable rights? The last sentence cited above should be evidence enough to convince Catholic voters, at least, not to support someone who denies the very tenets of orthodox Christianity. Christie's comments should offend every responsible citizen.

A summary of Governor Christie's remarks:
Governor Christie to Americans: "Keep your religion out of the public square!"
Governor Christie, be thou named Catholic-in-name-only.

Note to Gov. Christie—the Catholic Faith is both a personal and public faith that is lived as Jesus teaches us through Holy Mother Church, not as the state or any misguided individual would have us think and/or behave. That he has forgotten that simple fact is both unsettling and frustrating. Christie's behaviour fits neatly into the Pelosi, Biden, Kennedy Cafeteria-Catholic mould.

One wonders if the outspoken and somewhat brash Governor Christie will appreciate forthright commentary that identifies his behaviour as detestable and that such behaviour puts his soul at risk?

A reminder for faithful Catholics and a challenge to Governor Christie:
The citizen is obliged in conscience not to follow the directives of civil authorities when they are contrary to the demands of the moral order, to the fundamental rights of persons or the teachings of the Gospel. Refusing obedience to civil authorities, when their demands are contrary to those of an upright conscience, finds its justification in the distinction between serving God and serving the political community. "Render therefore to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s." "We must obey God rather than men":
When citizens are under the oppression of a public authority which oversteps its competence, they should still not refuse to give or to do what is objectively demanded of them by the common good; but it is legitimate for them to defend their own rights and those of their fellow citizens against the abuse of this authority within the limits of the natural law and the law of the gospel.—CCC 2242.

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