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.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Killer of Abbe Jacques—"I am a Muslim grounded in the values of mercy, and goodness … I am not an extremist."

For many it is difficult to maintain a positive attitude these days when so many suffer at the hands of wicked men. Those whose "hope" is founded on wishful thinking are, however, most likely to be disappointed and succumb to despair when their houses of cards are blown away by reality. True hope, however, is not the naive expectation that
"(w)e're all just gonna get on board, hold hands and sing Kumbaya"(.)—from the movie 2012, spoken the character Carl Anheuser played by Oliver Platt.
True hope is a gift from God. True hope affords the bearer a clear perception of the path that leads to peace, freedom and salvation in Christ. By contrast, the "hope and change" sloganeering of so called progressives and/or liberals who dream big but offer little more than platitudes, the hope that is merely socialist rhetoric, evaporates like water on hot pavement. Obama's hope, for example, has merely led to rage and division at home and permitted terrorists a safe haven abroad from which they can broadcast their hate and fuel rage in radicalized youth.

Real hope demands we forgo any naivete that blocks perception of reality. Wishful thinking blocks one's ability to perceive deception on the part of others. European countries are discovering that their tragically soft headed "hope" is putting people at risk.
New York Post
By Yaron Steinbuch
July 27, 2016
Months before he brutally murdered a Catholic priest in France, the teen terrorist convinced a judge to set him free from jail, claiming he was not an extremist and wanted to turn his life around.
“‘I am a Muslim grounded in the values of mercy, and goodness … I am not an extremist,” Adel Kermiche said after serving a French prison stint for trying to join ISIS in Syria.
Kermiche, 19, released in March, was convincing enough that authorities allowed his release, provided he wear an electronic surveillance bracelet on his ankle–which he had on Tuesday when he slit the throat of Rev. Jacques Hamel.
In February, he lamented that he had been hospitalized for acute depression and “other mental problems,” but had aspirations of being a mental-health nurse. (Whether or not Kermiche was mentally ill at the time he committed the murder of Fr. Hamel, he possessed the mental composure to acknowledge his religious affiliation and the motivation which inspired him to commit a wanton act of terror. And what of his accomplice's state of mind?)
“I want to get my life back, to see my friends, to get married,” he told a psychological review, according to a report leaked to the Le Mond newspaper.
The judge said the teen was “aware of his mistakes” despite his “suicidal thoughts,” and was therefore a good candidate to be reintegrated back into society, the Daily Star reported.
The prosecutor strongly disagreed, saying: “Even if he is asking for a second chance, there’s a very strong chance he will do the same thing if he is released.”
Kermiche was fitted with a monitoring device that permitted him to be out between 8 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and released on probation with the “supervision and support” of his family in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray.
About four months later, he and another jihadist broke into a church near his home and slit the throat of its beloved priest, Hamel, 85, whom they forced to kneel near the altar and whose gruesome execution they captured on video.
They committed the (calculated, deliberate) heinous act at 9:40 a.m. Tuesday – during Kermiche’s electronic window of opportunity, officials said.

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