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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Friday, December 4, 2015

Live Nativity scene at French Catholic elementary school cancelled due to security concerns.

—from L'Observatoire de la Christianophobie comes the following report concerning the cancellation of a primary school's live Nativity scene due to security concerns in the wake of the recent atrocities committed by Islamists in Paris.
Gard : Crèche vivante annulée dans une école catholique de Saint-Gilles [November 29, 2015]
Li Cigaloun de Saint-Gilles est une école privée catholique, sous tutelle diocésaine, qui reçoit 270 enfants en maternelle et en primaire. Chaque année, avant Noël, l’école organise une Crèche vivante fort appréciée : celle de cette année devait se tenir le 20 décembre. Alléguant des attentats qui ont ensanglanté Paris, le maire LR de Saint-Gilles, Eddy Valadier – agissant sur instruction de la Préfecture ? – a pris la décision de l’interdire et a déclaré : « Malgré ma proposition de renforcer significativement les moyens de sécurité autour de cette manifestation, l’annulation a été maintenue. En tant que maire de Saint-Gilles, je regrette beaucoup cette décision, qui prive nos concitoyens d’un événement très apprécié de tous ». Surprenant… [link to original source or click on address below]
https://www.objectifgard.com/2015/11/29/saint-gilles-annulation-de-la-creche-vivante-de-lecole-privee-li-cigaloun/
Some 270 children are enrolled in the kindergarten and elementary grades at the Catholic school. The Mayor of Saint-Gilles, Eddy Valadier, acknowledged with regret the cancellation of the event:
"Despite my proposal to significantly reinforce the means of security around this event, the cancellation has been maintained."
Reports are unclear as to who is responsible for requiring the cancellation.

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