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, January 23, 2016

Bishop Fred Henry of Calgary, et al, contra mundum.

H/T Toronto Catholic Witness
"The Catholic belief is that the human person is created "body and soul" together (cf. Catechism of the Catholic Church, nn. 362f.), that God created human beings male and female (Mark 10:6), and that we are all called to care for and respect our bodies as they are created."
Archbishop Richard Smith, Archbishop Gerard Pettipas, and Bishop Paul Terrio have joined the chorus defending Church teaching on human sexuality and the rights of parents.

Read more at the Toronto Catholic Witness:
The CBC reports:
Archbishop Smith's statement, which reads in part:
In their pastoral letter Reflecting on the Ministry of Catholic School Trustee, (September 28, 2013), the Catholic Bishops of Alberta and the Northwest Territories wrote:
“Fidelity to the Church, its teaching and its leaders enables the board of trustees and the local Church to think with one mind and work together in ministry to our students. The willingness and ability to share the faith with administration, teachers, students and the community is an essential feature of a Catholic school trustee. It requires the forging of trusting relationships with and among fellow trustees, staff, students, parents, clergy, and parishioners.”
The majority of trustees in the ten school districts that operate Catholic schools in the Archdiocese of Edmonton appreciate the sacred and serious nature of their vocation, and serve faithfully, ethically and responsibly. It saddens me to say that this is not the case with some trustees in the Edmonton Catholic School District. There, for too long now, we have witnessed the inability of trustees to function in a cohesive way or speak with a unified voice. The words and actions of some trustees, rather than defending and upholding all that is good in Catholic education, have caused harm and hostility. In so doing, they have betrayed the trust placed in them by Catholic electors.
The threat from within far outweighs the threat from without. Do not give in to threat. Don the spiritual weapons available to us: prayer; fasting; and joyful orthodoxy expressed with charitable and indefatigable zeal. Seek Our Lady's intercession!

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