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, July 16, 2015

Daily reminder: Sign of the Cross, Sign of Dignity.

Be bold! Make the Sign of the Cross frequently with profound reverence for the reality of your salvation in Christ.

"Wear" the Sign of the Cross with holy pride. Don't be shy! Society needs visible reminders that Catholics are present. The Christian is leaven in the dough of society. Bring the art of the Faith into the public square:
  • Make the Sign before and after saying grace at lunch.
  • Make the Sign when passing a Catholic church.
  • Make the Sign and pray for our emergency workers whenever you hear a siren or encounter emergency workers performing their lifesaving duties: Father, please watch over our emergency workers and the people they serve. In Jesus' name. Amen.
  • Make the Sign over your children. Trace the Sign on their foreheads. Children—Sign your parents.
  • Make the Sign at the beginning and end of your day as a request for blessing and as your rededication of your life to Christ.
When we make the Sign we ask for God's blessing. When we make the Sign we dispose ourselves to God's grace. When we make the Sign we publicly acknowledge our love of Jesus!

Let the Sign inform your "invisible" acts of charity, your corporal and spiritual works of mercy through which God illuminates, heals, saves, instructs, etc., acts of love and faith and hope and joy which are so pleasing to the Father.

When we make the Sign we recall our baptism, our entry into the death of Jesus Christ. We die to self so that we may rise with Him. Thus, the Sign is a sign of hope in eternal life! That hope frees us from the fear of death to walk confidently in Christ's promise of everlasting life!

The Sign is a shield against temptation and evil. Let the Sign inform and purify your thoughts and actions. Stay close to Jesus in and through the Sign of the Cross!

Pray the Sign.
Become the Sign.

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