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.

Sunday, November 8, 2015

Canadian soldier died protecting the innocent from Islamic State (ISIL).

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John Robert Gallagher
Requiescat in pace.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning
We will remember them.
For The Fallen by Robert Laurence Binyon (1869-1943)
An excerpt from a National Post article about the recent death of a young Canadian soldier who gave his life in defence of innocent people threatened by an evil foe.
Canadian who died fighting ISIL wasn’t killed by a suicide bomber — but by a lone gunman in the night.—by Stewart Bell | November 7, 2015
“We told the family and the mother (Valerie Carder) that her son is our son,” said Toronto Kurdish Community Centre president Ali Kaya, who met Carder at her home near Windsor, Ont. on Friday. “John fought for liberty and for the Kurdish people,” he said.
“We feel sad.”
A former member of the Princess Patricia’s Canadian Light Infantry, Gallagher left in late April for Iraq. He initially fought with the Iraqi peshmerga before crossing into Syria in July to assist the Kurdish YPG’s fight against ISIL. [YPG = People’s Protection Units, a Kurdish militia fighting ISIL in Syria.]
He is among a dozen Canadians, many of them former PPCLI members, who have joined the fight against ISIL in Syria and Iraq. Several other Western volunteers have died but Gallagher was the first Canadian.

Give thanks to God for the brave soldiers of the PPCLI. Pray, too, that those who live by the sword—ISIS/ISIL and all terrorist groups—may abandon violence and work for the common good.

May God provide to John Gallagher's friends and family, especially his mom, the comfort and support of close friendship and the peace which only God can give. In Jesus' name. Amen.

I’m prepared to give my life in the cause of averting the disaster we are stumbling towards as a civilization.John Gallagher.

With all due respect, whether or not Mr. Gallagher realized it, the battle he fought was not against evil as he saw it, i.e., the religious state or theocracy as he called it. The battle is against bad religion, be it the religion of militant secularism or militant Islam which both share a psychology of terror which manifests as an attempt to deprive people of their inalienable rights, i.e., an attempt to deprive people of their fundamental dignity. In that regard, people of goodwill have a battle on two fronts: the battle against militant secular barbarians at home and the battle against the barbarians of bad religion abroad.

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