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.

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Converts from Islam slain

There are few places of refuge for Christians in the Middle East. Yemen is not one of them.
Two converts from Islam slain in Yemen
Both Christians had received threats; one from Muslim family members, the other from Al Qaeda.
November 25, 2015
[The identity of the reporter is not given. Presumably to protect him/her from any repercussions resulting from the report.]
ISTANBUL, Turkey (Morning Star News) – Two Christians in Yemen, both converts from Islam, have been ambushed and killed because of their faith, according to sources close to the victims.
In Taiz, a city with a pre-war population of 600,000 people in southwest Yemen, at least one member of Al Qaeda in the Arabian Peninsula (AQAP) ambushed a Christian man in the city and shot him 15 to 20 times in early September. A second Christian was shot once in his home on Oct. 2, sources said. The second victim may have been killed by a Muslim extremist group or by members of his own family, they said.
In other news, a young Egyptian woman is made a scapegoat and killed for converting to Christianity.
[Edited for length and grammar.]
November 26, 2015

EGYPT– This is a sad story but it gets to explain how things work in Muslim Egypt. Four years ago in Alexandria Egypt, a 22 year old Muslim named “Marwa A. E” is divorced by her Muslim husband. She later falls in love with her neighbor; a young Coptic Christian man. She then converts to Christianity, marries her Christian love and moves with him to hide in a distant village in Tamia (Tamiyyah). They had two children and she was two months pregnant. Last week the couple decided to secretly visit their church back in Alexandria [...]. She is then spotted by her daughter she had given birth to from her previous Muslim husband. [...] Her daughter (from the previous Muslim husband) was irate that her mother had taken off the Hijab and had easily recognized her. The daughter [...] tells her mother’s uncle and brother and they (apprehended) Marwa as it is typically the custom: (they) kidnap the convert and take them to a family home and keep them in tribal custody until they recant their Christian faith.

Marwa’s Muslim family then demand to impose the terms for a truce which mandates as punishment that all Christians have 10 days to sell all their properties and leave Tamia with their belongings. The Christian husband’s life (and their two children) are to be spared on the condition that Marwa gives her life in accordance to Sharia justice.

The wrath doesn’t just end here and the ruckus then erupts in the village of Tamia where the Muslims create a frenzy at the couple’s village of residence and the feud begins [...] against the Christians who are accused of harboring a fugitive and converting Marwa from Islam to Christianity.

Then the governorate security director, Major General Nasser Abed, supervised the agreement between the Muslim family and several Christian families in the village of Tamia to ensure the evacuation of Christians from the village.

And to bury the strife between the two parties, Marwa’s uncle and the brother and all the cousins then took Marwa at dawn and beheaded her. The one who did the beheading (November 8, 2015) was Marwa’s sister in order to teach a lesson to all women who leave Islam.

Then Marwa’s body was dumbed at a nearby cemetery. [SOURCE LINK: Shoebat]
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