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, October 24, 2015

Wife of convert and mother of 8 slain in Kenya.

Morning Star News, an independent news service with the stated mission to provide reliable and balanced reports about the persecution of Christians, reports the following disturbing information about yet another brutal attack on a(n) Ugandan family of converts from Islam to Christianity.
Bloodshed in Eastern Uganda Continues as Christian Mother of Eight Is SlainAssailants upset at her husband leaving Islam. October 23, 2015 (East Africa Correspondent)
NAIROBI, Kenya (Morning Star News) – Muslims in eastern Uganda angry at a Christian for leaving Islam killed his wife on Monday (Oct. 19), a month after his brother was killed for the same reason, sources said.
Mamwikomba Mwanika, mother of three adult children and five others ranging in age from 17 to 9, died en route to a hospital after Muslims unknown to her dragged her from her home at about 9 p.m. and assaulted her, survivors said.
Mwanika answered a knock at her door in Kalampete village, Kibuku District, to find strangers asking for her husband. Her husband’s brother, Samson Nfunyeku, was killed in the village on Sept. 23 after flaring tempers cut short a religious debate he’d had with Islamic scholars.
—Islamists upset by a Christian-Muslim debate are suspected in the killing of a long-time evangelist (Nfunyeku) in eastern Uganda who led many Muslims to Christ, sources said. [source] (It would appear that Nfunyeku was the victim of murderous envy.)
Mwanika replied to the visitors that her husband was away, according to her children. They said one of the men at the door then told her, “Your husband has followed the religion of his brother, and we had warned you people to stop these activities, but our message has landed on deaf ears.” The Muslims threatened to kill her if she failed to produce her husband, the children said.
“The attackers dragged our mother outside the house as she screamed and cried for help,” said her 13-year-old child. Also present in the house were two daughters, 9 and 11; two other minor children were away at boarding school, and her adult children – 19, 22 and 24 – were also not at home.
Neighbors later came and found only the children inside the house, and soon Mwanika’s husband, George Mwanika, arrived. After a search, they found Mamwikomba Mwanika in a pool of blood 100 meters away. She was unconscious but appeared to be alive, George Mwanika told Morning Star News. They rushed her to the hospital, and she was declared dead upon arrival, he said.
MSN reports that
(a)bout 85 percent of the people in Uganda are Christian and 11 percent Muslim, with some eastern areas having large Muslim populations. The country’s constitution and other laws provide for religious freedom, including the right to propagate one’s faith and convert from one faith to another.
Let us pray that those responsible for murdering the brother and wife of George Mwanika, and any who might be fomenting violence against the family, will be brought to justice.

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