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.

Saturday, April 16, 2016

21 Christians killed by ISIS in Syria

AINA News has the following:
Names of 21 Assyrians (of the Syrian Orthodox Church) killed by ISIS in Qaryatain.
2016-04-16
(AINA) -- The Syriac Orthodox Church has published the names of the 21 Assyrians who were killed by ISIS in the town of al-Qaryatain, Syria, which was captured by ISIS in August, 2015 (AINA 2015-08-07). ISIS captured 250 Assyrians in the initial attack.
The official facebook page of the Syriac Orthodox Church published the following list of names:
  1. Hani Moussa Khazaal (25)
  2. George Al-Khazaal (31)
  3. Jalal Al-Gharib (30)
  4. Hani Afif Khazaal (27)
  5. Fadi Moussa Maher (45)
  6. Faheed Yaacoub Khazaal (66)
  7. Wadad Mtanous Malghouj (67)
  8. Nassim Moussa Khazaal (42)
  9. Wassim Moussa Khazaal (40)
  10. Moutazz Moussa Khazaal (39)
  11. William Fayez Al-Khoury (33)
  12. George Ibrahim Al-Gharib (44)
  13. Ibrahim Zaghir Al-Gharib (73)
  14. Gergess Zaghir Al-Gharib (66)
  15. Mourfaq Ibrahim Khalaf (49)
  16. Rafic Ibrahim Khalaf (52)
  17. Fadi Salim Atallah (47)
  18. Awad Nadim Atallah (53)
  19. Abdo Hassib Al-Khoury (42)
  20. Ziad Farah (49)
  21. Bashar Abdelkarim Al-Sattah (34)
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.

Let us pray for the persecutors of Christians, that they like Saul who before repenting once killed the disciples of Jesus, may turn from evil and embrace the love of the Gospel, through the same Jesus Christ the Lord. Amen.

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