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.

Sunday, March 6, 2016

The Church's glorious martyrs: the Missionaries of Charity

Four gentle lambs have joined the company of the martyrs. May we who hear the story of our sisters' deaths be moved to be more faithful in our witness to Jesus Christ and His Church.

Let us pray, too, for the souls of the others who perished. May God grant them all a swift and merciful judgement. May they rest in peace.

Let us pray for those who persecute members of the Body. May God have mercy on those violent men who persecute and kill the innocent. May they hear the voice of God and the voices of their victims calling them to repent of their sins and to reject violence. May they turn to Christ and be saved.

Pray, too, for the surviving sister of the Missionaries—let us give thanks to God for her survival. May God continue to protect her. May her guardian angel, strengthened by the Holy Spirit, console her and keep her safe. May she be strengthened in her resolve to serve the poorest of the poor.

Holy Mary, Mother of God: pray for them!
Blessed Teresa of Calcutta: pray for them!

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May God welcome Sister Anselm (57), Sister M Madrid (44), Sister Reginette (32), and Sister M Judith (41), and all the faithful into the light of His presence.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May their souls and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Edited for length: source/link
Yemen attack: Indian nun of Missionaries of Charity among 16 dead
HT Correspondent and Agencies, Hindustan Times, Kolkata / Aden | Updated: Mar 04, 2016 21:57 IST
Four nuns of the Missionaries of Charity, including one from India, were among 16 people killed by gunmen who stormed an old people’s home in the Yemeni port city of Aden on Friday, officials and witnesses said.
Father Tony, a priest from Bengaluru who was at the home, was reported missing after the attack, the first of its kind in Yemen.
While two gunmen surrounded the home in Sheikh Osman district, four more moved from room to room, handcuffing victims and shooting them in the head. A nun who survived and was rescued by local residents said she hid inside a fridge in a storeroom after hearing a Yemeni guard shouting “run, run”.
In Kolkata, Missionaries of Charity spokesperson Sunita Kumar said the attackers dressed in blue entered the compound at around 8.30 am local time. She identified the dead nuns as Sister Anselm (57) from Gumla in Jharkhand, Sister M Madrid (44) and Sister Reginette (32) from Rwanda, and Sister M Judith (41) from Kenya.
Father Tony was missing after the attack, she said. The assailants were looking for Sister M Sally, the head of the home, she added.
There are around 80 residents in the retirement home run by the Missionaries of Charity, an organisation established by Mother Teresa. Members of the organisation were also attacked in Yemen in 1998, when gunmen killed three nuns in the port city of Hodeida.
Khaled Haidar told The Associated Press his family was the first to arrive at the home and that he spoke to the surviving nun, who was crying and shaking. He said his family handed her over to southern fighters in charge of security.
Haidar said he counted 16 bodies. All had been shot in the head and were handcuffed. He said in addition to the four nuns, six Ethiopians, a Yemeni cook and Yemeni guards were among the dead.
The bodies of the dead were transferred to a clinic supported by the Medecins Sans Frontieres. Dozens of stricken family members arrived at the site following the attack, witnesses said.
Aden descended into lawlessness after a Saudi-led coalition recaptured the city from Shia Houthi rebels last summer.
The IS has claimed responsibility for a wave of deadly attacks in Aden, including a suicide bombing that killed the governor and several assassination attempts on top officials.
Aden’s small Christian population left long ago. Unknown assailants have vandalised a Christian cemetery, torched a church and last year blew up an abandoned Catholic church.

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