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 4, 2016

The Remembrance Day Poppy: symbol of inalienable rights.

Field Poppy/Wikipedia

The poppy worn by many during the days preceding and following Remembrance Day in Canada reminds us of the supreme sacrifice that soldiers, airmen, sailors, military and civilian support personnel and members of the clandestine services have paid so that we might continue to enjoy our inalienable rights and freedoms. Our brothers and sisters defended authentic liberty. We must not forget their sacrifice.

The Poppy is also a reminder that we should not abuse those rights and freedoms by behaving like animals. The Poppy reminds of our God-given human dignity. No state nor any government nor any misguided group or individual can take away what God has given us.

The cost of freedom is high. Sadly, many misguided citizens would, if they could, rob a majority of other citizens of their fundamental freedoms by promoting an agenda that undermines the health and well being of citizens and families.

Freedom of speech and freedom of religion, two freedoms abhorred by dictators and despots, are constantly under threat these days. There are politicians and activists who get very angry when it is suggested that they, by their attempts to marginalize speech or promote anti-religious policies, are behaving like fascists. By denying a voice to people of faith in the public square, they are no different than the bullies who were defeated in the Second World War.

The bullying tactics of so-called liberals and progressives are routinely overlooked by the media. The media, by aiding the spread of militant secularist ideology, an ideology which has little if any tolerance for opinions other than those which conform to the quagmire of politically correctness, are aiding and abetting government and activists' attacks on freedom of religion and speech.

Defend freedom. Defend freedom of speech and religion. Defend life! Wear a poppy and be ready to give reason for doing so.

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