September 2, 2015

Three Saints — Three Metaphysical Insights

Plato & Aristotle the fathers of metaphysics

Metaphysics is a traditional branch of philosophy concerned with explaining the fundamental nature of being and the world that encompasses it...
On the Transcendentals of Being 
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.
Saints Teresa Benedicta, Clare, and Francis of Assisi on Transforming the World and Ourselves 
The nation doesn’t simply need what we have. It needs what we are.
― St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross (Edith Stein)
We become what we love and who we love shapes what we become.
— St. Clare of Assisi.
Sanctify yourself and you will sanctify society.
— St. Francis of Assisi.

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