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, December 5, 2016

A word from Pope Saint John XXIII to those who loosely play with doctrine and practice.

Are you "rigid"? Do you love Tradition? Do you stubbornly cling to the idea that the Catholic Faith of Jesus Christ blesses and rejoices in faithful marriages but certainly does not permit nor bless adulterous unions, i.e., second "marriages"? Pope Saint John XXIII, every "progressive's" go-to-pope for license and fuel for Spirit-of-Vatican-II cafeteria (c)atholicism, spoke some "firm", "unambiguous" and "calm" words in defence of sound doctrine and practice.

Lest anyone be tempted to soften the demands of the Holy Gospel and foist upon the faithful "sterile assumptions" that are the real source of rigidity in the current debate between Catholics and look-a-likes, the rigidity of heterodox people and prelates which demands the faithful accept cockeyed pastoral practices that permit obstinate adulterers and fornicators to receive and thus profane the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ, a word from the initiator of the Second Vatican Ecumenical Council.
GRATA RECORDATIO (Sept. 26, 1959)
Encyclical of Pope John XXIII on the Rosary: Prayer for the Church, missions, international and social problems.
False Philosophies
17. It must also be remarked that there are current today certain schools of thought and philosophy and certain attitudes toward the practical conduct of life which cannot possibly be reconciled with the teachings of Christianity. This impossibility We shall never cease from asserting in firm (rigid?) and unambiguous, though also calm terms. But God wishes the welfare of men and of nations! (10) (Will man respond to God's call to holiness, or will man persist in sophistry that leads to a false mercy?)
18. And so We hope that men will set aside those sterile postulates and assumptions (e.g., those liberal-trending assumptions derived from Amoris Laetitia footnote 351 which they choose to read out of context, that is, without reference to footnote 329, Familiaris Consortio 84 and the Church's constant embrace of Christ's teaching), hard as rock and just as inflexible, which rise from a way of thinking and acting that is infected with laicism and materialism, and that they will find a complete cure in that sound doctrine which experience makes more certain with every day that passes. We mean that doctrine which attests that God is the author of life and its laws, that He is guarantor of the rights and dignity of the human person. God then is "our refuge and our Redemption." (11)
NOTES
  • (10) Cf. Wisd. 1, 14. There is a play on words in this sentence and the following paragraph which is difficult to render in English. The Holy Father uses language which can apply to physical health or to salvation.—Translator's note.
  • (11) Sacred Liturgy.
UPDATE

An essay at Rorate Caeli:

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