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 6, 2015

Where there is smoke... . Fires rage on and around Vancouver Island.

NASA image: Southern Vancouver Island/Metro Vancouver July 5/15

Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light(.)—St. Matthew 24:29-31.
The smoke plumes from several fires in BC and Washington State are converging over southern Vancouver Island making for "an ominous or eerie light", as one passerby described it to me in a recent conversation.

Though the cover of smoke is considerable, air quality at sea level has been good. A couple of hundred or so feet above sea level atop a local hill, however, the smoke is a much thicker, visibility is reduced considerably and the smell of smoke is pronounced.

"Wildfires of Note": http://bcwildfire.ca/hprScripts/WildfireNews/OneFire.asp

BC Active Wildfires
http://apps.gov.bc.ca/pub/dmf-viewer/?siteid=5131184402955244847
Click on images to enlarge.

NWCC
http://gacc.nifc.gov/nwcc/information/firemap.aspx

Heavenly Father,
please watch over our emergency workers,
especially our firefighters.
I humbly beseech You,
protect them from all harm.
In Jesus' name. Amen.

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