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.

Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.—St. Francis of Assisi.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

i spy with my little eye... Spy Wednesday.

Wednesday of Holy Week is known as Spy Wednesday. The spy Judas Iscariot played his part in the conspiracy which led to the arrest of Jesus, His conviction based on trumped up charges, and His death on a cross.

Judas—the apostle of Christ in whose care the purse was kept—betrayed Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. This we know about Judas—he was possessed by Satan.
St. Luke 22:3-6
And Satan entered into Judas, who was surnamed Iscariot, one of the twelve. And he went, and discoursed with the chief priests and the magistrates, how he might betray Him to them. And they were glad, and convenanted to give him money. And he promised. And he sought opportunity to betray him in the absence of the multitude (see also John 13:2).
Like father like son.

Poor Judas—he has his reward, as will the Judases who currently inhabit the many wards of the Catholic Church. Spies in the Church abound. They have always been there. Like Judas, they have Satan as their father. They may not realize that they are the sons and daughters of the son of perdition (St. John 17:12; 2 Thess. 2:3), but their actions and attitudes—dissent, sacrilege, sexual abuse, adultery, fornication, etc.—reveal that their hearts and minds belong to dear ol' daddy, the devil.
St. John 8:44 You are of your father the devil, and your will is to do your father’s desires. He was a murderer from the beginning, and has nothing to do with the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks according to his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies.
Spy vs Spy

When are we and to what degree are we each like Judas—quick to betray our friends for some kind of advantage? When we attempt to acquire power or preserve our reputation at the expense of another person's dignity, or when we attempt to rule other people in order to feel good about ourselves. How often do we sacrifice courtesy and fair pay in order to satisfy our need for approval and pride of place? How often do we masquerade as saints when in fact we are enamoured in vice?

How much do we need the grace of God to grow in holiness? A lot. Which is to say, the grace is everything to us mortals. We must respond to and cooperate with grace if we are to be led more deeply into the Trinity, into holiness, a holiness free of sentimentalism and gods manufactured in our own image. Proximity to Jesus in the Holy Eucharist is essential for the Catholic believer who seeks a loving communion with the Lord Jesus Christ and His Church.

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