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.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Prime Minister Trudeau and President Obama—tear down your walls and let in Christian refugees!



Christians need not apply?

Christians suffer the worse fate in the Middle East because they refuse to convert to Islam. Their refusal to convert and/or pay the jizya tax meets with cruelty and death.
Syndicated News
John Kerry Should Recognize Christian Genocide
By Kirsten Powers
2015-12-08 08:49 GMT

In October, Islamic State militants in Syria demanded that two Christian women and six men convert to Islam. When they refused, the women were publicly raped and then beheaded along with the men. On the same day, militants cut off the fingertips of a 12-year-old boy in an attempt to force his Christian father to convert. When his father refused, they were brutalized and then crucified.

This has become the plight of Christians in the Middle East at the hands of the Islamic State terrorist group, also known as ISIL or ISIS. Beheadings, crucifixions and enslavement are visited on those who won't renounce their religious beliefs. The lucky ones are murdered in more mundane ways or driven from their homes with nothing but the clothes on their backs.
This year, we've seen a Newsweek cover exclaiming, "The New Exodus: Christians Flee ISIS in the Middle East," and a New York Times piece asking, "Is This the End of Christianity in the Middle East?" The progressive Center for American Progress noted in a March report, "Some of the oldest Christian communities in the world are disappearing in the very lands where their faith was born and first took root."
Why is it, then, that only 0.4% of the refugees from Syria and Iraq being admitted to the USA are Christians? It seems that President Obama is more interested in supporting economic refugees than giving assistance to imperilled Christians who, in addition to having had their properties and businesses stolen and destroyed because they are Christian, are fleeing certain death at the hands of their Islamist/DAESH oppressors.
1 Christian: 236 of 237 Syrian Refugees Admitted Since Paris Attacks Are Muslims
By Patrick Goodenough | December 7, 2015 | 3:54 PM EST
(CNSNews.com) – Since the Paris terror attacks on November 13, the State Department has admitted 237 Syrian refugees into the United States – 236 Sunni Muslims and one Christian (0.4 percent), according to data from the State Department Refugee Processing Center.
The Christian, a Greek Orthodox individual, is the sole non-Sunni Muslim admitted to the U.S. since the attack, which fueled concerns that the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS/ISIL) may move terrorists into Western nations under the cover of refugee resettlement programs.
http://cnsnews.com/news/article/patrick-goodenough/04-christian-syrian-refugees-admitted-paris-attacks-include-236
Four Million Christians have been displaced by the genocidal war being waged against non-muslims in Syria and Iraq. Indeed, the governments of the United States and Canada are welcoming refugees, only you have to be a certain kind of refugee to be eligible, it seems, for resettlement and a warm benefit package to support your relocation and stay.

By all means, open the doors to all legitimate refugees. Open the door to Christians and other non-muslims, e.g., Yezidis, too.

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