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.

Friday, September 30, 2016

Health Advisory: Kasperitis

A debilitating condition long identified by faithful Catholics as a serious threat to individual and community health and well being, Kasperitis is a serious infection of the mind and soul. Infection usually occurs when one has come into contact with a heterodox priest or his writings.

Symptoms:
  • dissent-ery, verbal diarrhea
  • aversion to Light
  • hallucinations characterized by doctrinal and historical revisionism
  • grandiose delusions ("My teaching trumps the Gospel!")
  • martyr complex ("All the big bad orthodox people have exposed my teaching error... waaa!")
Kasperitis need not be fatal as long as treatment begins immediately. Depending on a patient's humility and receptivity to treatment (grace, Truth), recovery may take moments or last several years.

People infected by the Kasper virus should commit to regular checkups with a holy spiritual director to ensure no relapse to heterodoxy/heresy occurs. Daily exercise and formation in the Catholic Faith as recommended below is essential to regaining and sustaining spiritual health.

Treatment includes:
  • the Sacrament of Penance.
  • the Holy Rosary prayed with the intention of requesting from God the grace to be unceasingly faithful to His will and to the Magisterium of the Church.
  • attending the Latin Mass (Usus Antiquior) or the Ordinariate Mass (Divine Worship) or an Eastern Catholic Church.
  • observing a permanent fast from liberal or progressive religion commonly found in parishes run by Fr. Narcissist and Sister Pantsuit.
  • cancelling one's subscription to and recycling all copies of the National (c)atholic Reporter. (Though not as satisfying as incineration and watching copies of the NCReporter go up in flames, we on Vancouver Island, supremely enlightened beings that we are, recycle everything... or so we claim. At least by reducing NCReporter pages to reusable pulp, something good might come from trash—e.g., paper for a book by Cardinal Burke.).
  • listening to homilies by Archbishops Athanasius Schneider and Charles Chaput, reading articles by Cardinals Sarah and Müller, etc.
  • reading the lives of the saints.

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