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.

Friday, July 10, 2015

Gittin' hammered.

You've probably seen the "gift" President Morales of Bolivia presented the Holy Father.

The Guardian | Agencia Boliviana de Informacio/EPA

What is the meaning of the "gift", a corpus—what looks to be a commercially produced (cheap) corpus—tacked on to a roughly hewn hammer and sickle?
  • Christ triumphs over communism (and socialism)?
  • Christ is crucified by communism?
  • Christ embraces communism?
Perhaps the Pontiff should have used the hammer to "impress upon" Mr. Morales that socialism is a dead end.

Strangely enough, no communists, socialists, Bolivians or any other person of any other nationality or political orientation was harassed, assaulted or executed by Catholics offended by Morales' objet d'awkard.

How will Catholics ever gain the respect and trust of the Daesh/Islamic State terrorists as long as we limit our outrage to a good tongue lashing in blog posts, and express our concern by praying for our persecutors and turning the other cheek? Wow. How utterly naive and un-ISIS is that?

Let's hope that the object will not be used by the Cardinal Camerlengo to strike the pontiff's head upon the death of the pope. Click HERE: the silver hammer fable.

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