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 23, 2016

On the Francis papacy. Wise words to the wise.

A comment in the combox at 1Peter5 captures very nicely the Christian witness to the truth spoken in charity: 
For sure it's a shame that Catholics who want to adhere to the fulness of the Church's teaching feel so alienated from the present successor of St Peter. And for sure, a Pauline moment of 'opposing Peter to his face' is now upon us: which, if Scripture sheds any light on this at all, should be done by successors to the Apostles - since that is, alas, part of their responsibility when Peter is not tending to the flock as he ought.
So we should be careful about furthering a loss of confidence in the Holy Father by speculations which are basically just hearsay. And we should be reluctant to arrogate to ourselves the role of St Paul - who as Apostle had a particular role in the governance of the Church.
It's truly hard to imagine Our Lady participating in some of the language used in relation to the Holy Father in the traditional Catholic blogosphere. And, yes, it is hard to imagine Our Lady endorsing many of the pronouncements made by this pontificate - but we will be judged on our own actions, Pope Francis on his: let us be mindful, then, of his office even if he is not.—ardenjm.
Such commentary greatly fuels the impulse to go to confession.

Fast and pray.

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