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.

Bishop Lopes: A Pledged Troth. A pastoral letter on Amoris Laetitia.

Friday, December 9, 2016

Have Holy Door will travel.

The Catholic world is an amazing adventure with many varied and interesting cultural-religious celebrations to discover among an astounding variety of peoples.

For example, if you happen to poke around the web, you might come across the Diocese of Gizo, located in the Western Province of the Solomon Islands.

Isn't it amazing how adventurous human beings are? They have found their way to the most remote nooks and crannies on the planet. Mind you, the Solomon Islands are no less remote than what is now called Vancouver Island once was to the minds of Europeans a century or so ago.

According to the all-knowing Wiki-deity,
It is believed that Papuan-speaking settlers began to arrive around 30,000 BC. Austronesian speakers arrived c. 4000 BC also bringing cultural elements such as the outrigger canoe. Between 1200 and 800 BC the ancestors of the Polynesians, the Lapita people, arrived from the Bismarck Archipelago with their characteristic ceramics.
The first European to visit the islands was the Spanish navigator Álvaro de Mendaña de Neira, coming from Peru in 1568. The people of Solomon Islands were notorious for headhunting and cannibalism before the arrival of the Europeans.
Below is a screenshot of the Holy Door of Mercy that made its way around the Diocese of Gizo this past year. One caption on the diocesan website reads—"If the people can’t go to the Holy Door, the Holy Door goes to the people."
http://www.catholicgizo.org/photos/door-of-mercy-2016
Diocese of Gizo

Say a prayer for our brothers and sisters of Gizo!

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