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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So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.—2 Thessalonians 2:15

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Persecution Report: worst offenders.

The excellent Catholic Herald (UK) publishes link to Open Doors persecution watch group:
Open Doors list of most dangerous countries dominated by Islamic nations
Last year was the “worst year in modern history for Christian persecution,” according to a report by a group that monitors violence against the faithful.
North Korea tops the Open Doors 2016 World Watch List, of the most dangerous places to be a Christian, for the second year running.
However, of the 50 worst countries to be a Christian, 35 have a problem with Islamic extremism, which “has risen to a level akin to ethnic cleansing,” said the report. Iraq, part of which is in the hands of Islamic extremist group ISIS, is number two on the list.
The other eight countries in the top ten are all Islamic, with Afghanistan, Syria and Libya, all of whom are struggling with ISIS insurgents, at number four, five and 10 respectively.
Pakistan, where Christian farmworker Asia Bibi is still in jail five years after being accused of blasphemy, is also in the top ten.
Among the worst atrocities last year was the murder of 21 largely Egyptian Christians in Libya by ISIS in September.
There are few surprises listed among the worst offenders guilty of the persecution of Christians.

A reasonable person might ask—'Isn't it high time that the mainstream media, which desperately need rehabilitation in the art of balanced and truthful reportage, admit the ideological tie that binds terrorists and persecuting states which results in violence against minority populations?' In other words, what motivations do the following malefactors share?
  • immigrant rapists and thugs in Germany, Finland, Sweden and Britain;
  • governments of Saudi Arabia, Pakistan and Iran;
  • groups such as Boko Haram, Al Quaeda, ISIS and Hamas.
Even the enlightened leaders of our western liberal democracies who frequently demonstrate something less than the intellectual capacity of a squirrel should be able to appreciate the fact that nearly all of the diverse political entities listed at Open Doors claim a common source driving their actions which threaten the well being of minority populations worldwide.

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