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.

Tuesday, April 12, 2016

More on the Aedicule: King of Jordan to help fund restoration of tomb shrine.

From the Latin Patriarchate of Jerusalem website:
http://en.lpj.org/2016/04/12/a-royal-benefaction-to-restore-the-tomb-of-christ/
AMMAN / JERUSALEM – On April 10, 2016, His Majesty King Abdullah II of Jordan announced by royal edict his decision to fund the restoration of the tomb of Christ in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem.
The Royal Court informed the Orthodox Patriarchate of Jerusalem of the “makruma” ... (Royal Benefaction) in a letter addressed to His Beatitude Theophilos III on April 10.
Bishop William Shomali, Latin Patriarchal Vicar in Jerusalem, warmly welcomed the decision of King Abdullah: “This is excellent news, news of a highly symbolic character, since the Holy Sepulchre is the most sacred place for Christians of all confessions. This decision shows the kindness of the King towards Christians and his constant concern to preserve the heritage of Christianity, including his role as guarantor of the Holy Places, Christian and Muslim, Jerusalem, according to the Wadi Araba agreement.”

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