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.

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So then, brethren, stand firm and hold to the traditions which you were taught by us, either by word of mouth or by letter.—2 Thessalonians 2:15

Monday, September 5, 2016

Chapter 6 of the 'How to be a Catholic extremist' files.

Assuming you are baptized and confirmed,
  1. in addition to Sunday Mass, attend daily Mass.
  2. believe! Believe everything the Catholic Church teaches; mine the internet for legitimate teaching; live the Gospel!
  3. go regularly to confession, make a daily examination of conscience before going to sleep.
  4. pray Holy Scripture (lectio divina); pray unceasingly; pray the Office (Breviary, Liturgy of the Hours), pray the Rosary.
  5. (asceticism) observe the penitential disciplines: fasting and abstinence; fasting a full hour before Mass.
  6. be grateful, be open to God's grace and strive to do His will in all things; allow yourself to be used by God in whatever way God wants to involve you in His mission to save souls.
  7. practice the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy.
  8. join a pro life organization and engage in public witness.
  9. practice modesty and effective stewardship of your resources.
  10. tell others about the Faith, evangelize!
  11. get involved in local, regional and national politics; bring a genuine faithfulness to the conversation.

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