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.

Saturday, June 4, 2016

19 Yezidi girls perish at the hands of ISIS

AINA reports:
Syndicated News
ISIS Extremists Burn 19 Yezidi Girls to Death in Mosul
By Jan Nasro
Extremist jihadis of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday executed 19 Yezidi girls by burning them to death, activists and eyewitnesses reported. 
The victims, who had been taken by ISIS jihadis as sex slaves, were placed in iron cages in central Mosul and burned to death in front of hundreds of people.
"They were punished for refusing to have sex with ISIS militants," local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News.
"The 19 girls were burned to death, while hundreds of people were watching. Nobody could do anything to save them from the brutal punishment," an eyewitness told ARA News in Mosul.
http://www.aina.org/news/20160604034416.htm
Pray for the girls, their families and friends, and for the 1800 or more Yezidi women and girls still held hostage by their Islamist captors.

May those who wage a campaign of violence and destruction against the innocent turn from war to peace. Pray that those who committed these and other horrific crimes may be brought swiftly to justice.

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