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.

Friday, March 11, 2016

Purgatory Quotes

Conversations overheard in Purgatory

Upon arriving—"Whew! Made it!"

Making conversation—"Is it hot in here... or is it just me?"

From one soul to another—"How long ya in for?"

Context—"Look on the bright side... being here is like a layover in Phoenix in August waiting to take off for Maui!"

Small talk—"Nice perfume—what do ya call it... 'Almost Heaven'?"

Wise guy—"Aren't you glad you said 'yes' when the priest asked you if reject Satan and all his empty promises?"

Topical—"Hey, there's Frank! Hey Frank, so glad to see ya! I guess they upped the quota for lawyers during the Year of Mercy!"

Pollyanna—"I hear hell is much worse."

Classic movie buff—"Of all the states in all the afterlives in all the realms, my mother-in-law walks into mine!"

Time served—"I've been here so long I think I've got a tan."

Impatient—"I was told there would be no lineups."

Kidding around—"I have this burning desire to go to heaven."

Inquiring minds want to know—"Is it too much to ask for a fan?"

Fading compulsion—Do you actually think that anyone here cares that you forgot to turn off the bathroom light after you left?"

Annoyed—"Will you please stop singing 'Fi-re... dun dun dun dun...'?"

Diet fan—"I feel lighter already!"

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