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.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Amoris Laetitia. The Holy Spirit has a big surprise in store.

Here is what the Holy Spirit has in store for the Church.

How would a lowly Catholic layman know what God has in store for the Church? Read on.
  1. Christ restored marriage and elevated the institution to a sacrament, the sacrament of matrimony.
  2. The family is as God designed it, not as men (some errant cardinals, bishops and priests and other heretics) imagine it to be.
  3. All who repent of their sins and who call on the mercy of God, and with complete sincerity of heart resolve to amend their lives and live in conformity to the design for authentic love which God has revealed in and through Jesus Christ, are acceptable to God.
  4. Those who choose to persist in sinful lifestyles will suffer spiritual death as a result of their alienating themselves from God's plan for love and marriage and the family. Those who love God keep His commandments (St. John 14:15-17).
  5. The Sacrament of Penance was given to us by Jesus to reconcile sinners to God and His holy Church. He loves us too much to leave us stuck in our sins. "For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord (St. Paul's Letter to the Romans 6:23)."
  6. Contrary to what regressive individuals might imagine, God does not think and act as we do. Jesus commands us to "be perfect as (our) heavenly Father is perfect (St. Matthew 5:48)."
  7. Grace, the life of God, is available to help us grow in holiness and to help us keep God's life preserving commandments. To help us fully conform to the will of God more deeply each day, we need but ask for the grace that God offers.
In other words, the Catholic Church's teaching about the family and marriage will not change because it cannot change. The Holy Spirit will not allow the unchanging teaching of Christ to be deformed.

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