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.

Friday, November 11, 2016

Bronwyn... now Sister Marie Thomas of The Divine Word.

"Bronwyn received the habit of the Order of Preachers and her new name, Sister Marie Thomas of the Divine Word."

A young woman with whom this blogger is acquainted has taken another step forward in the journey of religious life. The sisters of her community have asked for prayers for her "as she begins her canonical novitiate!"

Read a bit more of her story and view additional photos at the link below:
http://likethecedars.blogspot.ca/2016/11/october-cabbage-clay-and-new-novice.html
Sr. Marie Thomas, centre.

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"(W)hen it came time to submit my list of possible names to the novice mistress, I asked for St. Thomas for three distinct reasons. Firstly, his love for Christ in the Eucharist. We see a tiny sliver of this love in the texts and hymns for Mass and the Office on the feast of Corpus Christi, which he wrote at Pope Urban IV’s request. For St. Thomas, 'The Word became Flesh and dwelt among us' was not an abstract idea, but a real, tangible, beautiful Presence—and the saint’s early biographers say that when he was stuck on an idea or problem, he’d lean his head against the Tabernacle to ask for help. (...)

"Secondly, St. Thomas was a writer. Best known in our century for his systematic and dogmatic writings (like the Summa Theologiae and Summa contra Gentiles), and not nearly known enough for his Biblical commentaries (he was, after all, a Magister Sacra Pagina –'Master of the Sacred Page'), he was a superb poet (see the aforementioned texts and hymns for Corpus Christi—like Lauda Sion (...), Pange Lingua (...) or Panis Angelicus).

"Finally, it would be fair to say that St. Thomas was obsessed with truth—or, rather, Truth, who is a person, not a thing. He loved God; he loved study; and he loved to love God by study and to share that love of Truth and the truth of Love with others in whatever way he could."

—Sr. Marie Thomas of the Divine Word

Excerpt from article at:
http://likethecedars.blogspot.ca/2016/11/october-cabbage-clay-and-new-novice.html

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