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, November 6, 2015

Church in Spain vandalized.

Various news sites [link1; link2] report a November 4th act of violence against a Spanish parish church:
ISLAMIC vandals were today being blamed for breaking into a church and spray-painting "Allah" on the walls and destroying holy objects. By TOM PARFITT. PUBLISHED: 00:00, Wed, Nov 4, 2015 | UPDATED: 12:41, Wed, Nov 4, 2015
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(V)andals were today being blamed for breaking into a church and spray-painting “Allah” on the walls and destroying holy objects.

Express | "Allah" spray painted on wall.


Express | broken altar crucifix

The attackers smashed wooden statues of the Virgin Mary and Jesus on the cross during the shocking attack earlier this week.

Mirror | damaged statue of Mary

Mirror

They stormed the Church of Our Lady of Carmen (Diocese of Malaga) in the Spanish town of Rincon de la Victoria, Andalucia on Monday morning.
Spain’s Civil Guard has now launched a probe into the vandalism.
Last month a Moroccan man was arrested in the same town after allegedly trying to damage another statue of the Virgin Mary. [According to another source, the attack "is the second time in just over a month that Christian symbols in the town have been targeted by Islamic extremists."—quote source/link]
The 27-year-old repeatedly launched a large rock at a wall protecting the statue.
He is also said to have shouted the Arabic phrase “Allahu Akbar” – meaning “God is great” – while being led away from the shrine by police… . [source link]
Gatestone Institute article on the "Andalusia Spring".

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