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.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

86 year-old French priest murdered by Islamists; nuns and laymen taken hostage.

The Islamic State is claiming responsibility for a cowardly slaughter of an 86 year-old priest who was celebrating a morning Mass in a church of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy. Entering through the rear door of the church, two men yelled allegiance to Daesh (ISIS) and commenced their attack.
Abbe Jacques Hamel, born in 1930 in Darnétal and ordained a priest in 1958, was vicar of the parish of Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray. He celebrated his golden jubilee in 2008. Also taken hostage were two nuns and two worshipers. Another nun managed to escape and was able to alert authorities.
Reports are the priest’s throat was slit and that one of the worshipers, attacked in the same way, is in critical condition after what President François Hollande has called as a “vile terror attack”.
“[ISIS] has declared war on us. We must fight this war by all means, while respecting the rule of law — which is what makes us a democracy.”
“The Pope is informed and feels the deep pain and horror of this absurd violence, and forcefully condemns with the strongest condemnation for every form of hatred, and prayer for those affected,” said Vatican spokesman Rev. Federico Lombardi, who added the attack hits all the harder “because this horrific violence took place in a church, a sacred place in which the love of God is announced, and the barbaric murder of a priest, and the involvement of the faithful.”
The Sun (UK) reports that the church was one of a number of Catholic places of worship mentioned on a hitlist, discovered on an ISIS suspect in April 2015.
Eternal rest grant unto Abbe Jacques, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon him. May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace. Amen.

May the Lord comfort those taken hostage. May they know the peace which only the Lord can give. May they find refuge in the comfort of friends and family. 

May the Lord grant to the hostage takers a swift and merciful judgement.

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