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.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Certain trumpets speak the truth about the reception of Holy Communion.

The true teaching concerning inadmissibility to Holy Communion of persons who are divorced and remarried (i.e., living in adulterous unions) is obscured by a media fog.

Nevertheless, God raises up certain trumpets (1 Corinthians 14:18) that can be heard by all those who have ears with which to hear the word of God.

Those deaf to the word of God may wish to reconsider their promotion of communion for the divorced and remarried given the 1) constant witness of the Church to the teaching given her by Jesus Christ Himself and 2) the grave consequences of substituting false teaching for the Holy Gospel.

All ecclesial communities have abandoned the teaching of Jesus Christ save one, the Catholic Church founded on the Apostle Peter. All protestant communities and even the Eastern national churches have abandoned the teaching on marriage recorded in the Gospel and faithful handed down by the orthodox successors of the Apostles.

Among the faithful teachers,
Holy Communion is not a reward for Miss or Mister Goody Two-Shoes, nor is the Blessed Sacrament mere candy or a snack to be mishandled by careless sinners who could care less about the Church's teachings. The Holy Eucharist is the medicine of immortality, but the Sacrament is most certainly not a drug, a "fix" or supernatural "hit" for unrepentant sinners addicted to their sinful lives.

The Body and Blood of Christ is God's gift to sustain those repentant sinners who honour His will by keeping His commandments (St. John 14:15-23). Those who, having repented of their sins and are in a state of grace, are thus able to enter into communion with the Lord and receive His blessing.

Obstinate sinners must be made aware that they put their souls in even greater risk by profaning God's Gift because of their unworthy reception of the Holy Eucharist (1 Corinthians 11:29).

If people have a beef with the Catholic Church for maintaining the teaching of Jesus Christ, then perhaps rather than shouting insults at the Church, they should take up their complaint with the One Who gave the Church the Sacrament of Matrimony and the Holy Eucharist.

Grace to Live

God gives grace to those who trust in Him. The grace of God enables the faithful to live heroic lives of virtue (cf., Chaput Intervention, Synod on Family). People can change if they truly accept God's invitation to newness of life and let Him be Lord of their lives.

People who insist on imposing their sinful lifestyles on Holy Mother Church should take a moment to reflect on the thought that, by refusing to keep the commandments of Christ, they are behaving in a manner in which wedding crashers behave. Those who imagine God overlooks sin forget that He is a just God, and His mercy never contradicts His truth (Rev. 21:22-27). Only mercy founded on truth amounts to authentic charity. The sign of authentic mercy and charity is hope, a hope born of the divine love of Christ and chaste love for Christ.

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