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.

Thursday, November 10, 2016

USCCB Prayer After An Election... in a post-Christian culture?


Notice someone missing from the following prayer?
PRAYER AFTER AN ELECTION
God of all nations, Father of the human family, we give you thanks for the freedom we exercise and the many blessings of democracy we enjoy in these United States of America. We ask for your protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the common good, working for justice and peace at home and around the world. We lift up all our duly elected leaders and public servants, those who will serve us as president (and vice-president), as legislators and judges, those in the military and law enforcement. Heal us from our differences and unite us, O Lord, with a common purpose, dedication, and commitment to achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all people, and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst. Amen.—USCCB
No capitalization of the second person and possessive pronouns, respectively You and Your, referring to God. And, no mention of Jesus! Is that because the bishops wanted the prayer to appeal to people of other religions? If that be the case, surely the bishops must realize that it is a unique aspect of Christian prayer, or the prayers of religions imitating Christian prayer, to call God Father.

More likely, the bishops' office merely forgot to include the name of the One through Whom all justice and mercy and hope and faith and love... flows. By so doing, their attempt to foster unity (by using inclusive rhetoric by way of the sin of omission) is merely another hollow example of nicey-nice liberal religion.

And, what about the Holy Spirit? And, what's with using the banal language of generic (c)hristianity, i.e., "We lift up...".

Revised Prayer
Almighty Father, we give Thee thanks for the freedom we exercise and the many blessings of democracy that we enjoy in these United States of America. We ask for Thy protection and guidance for all who devote themselves to the common good, working for justice and peace at home and around the world. We humbly beseech Thee, O Lord, guide and protect all our duly elected leaders and public servants. Vouchsafe to grant us Thy grace so that we may heal our nation. May we be united in our commitment to achieve liberty and justice in the years ahead for all people, and especially those who are most vulnerable in our midst. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord, Who liveth and reigneth with Thee in the unity of the Holy Spirit, ever one God, world without end. Amen.

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