Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Fr.Garrick Huang FSSP

These photos were originally on my website which is now shut down. I wanted to re-post them here for everyone to see. This is from Fr.Huang's First Solemn High Mass after his ordination.The location is Holy Family Parish in Vancouver BC.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

All Saints Day Costumes 2010

These photos are older, but are still good. Check the post from Sept.19/2012 for more photos


Thursday, October 4, 2012

The Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things

The Dearest Freshness Deep Down Things by Pierre-Marie Emonet is an excellent book and a great

primer to the Philosophy of Being. Emonet states “ In God’s brightness, nothing is grotesque, nothing bizarre; the frog is as perfect as the archangel” (114) these are some pretty heavy words to ponder and yet I know it is true. Diotime introduced many beauties to Socrates. Ergo beauty can be a flash of a smile or a consoling hug when a friend is down. Beauty can also be a log burning and the flames getting bluer and bluer. There is a saying that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but is that really true?  True beauty is truth and truth that transcends our corporeal world. Is a flower more beautiful than justice and temperance? The real beauty is in the transcendental, those things that we cannot grasp, even our love for our loved ones. We cannot bottle our love; it transcends time and matter like God. Beauty for most of us is visual, we love what we see and by what we see we decide weather we do not like something. It is not purely sense though as Saint Thomas points out. Beauty is already received in the intellect not merely in the crude material things. (115) Philosopher Peter Kreeft speaks of beauty as a way to know God exists, the true, the good and the beautiful is his checklist to the all transcendent, all knowing being. We search out for beauty. When our intellect reaches out for the essence of a thing, our intellect may have many ideas or unanswered questions of what that may be. Emonet gives an example of a symphony and how it grabs your very being, you don’t have to seek it out and deconstruct it with your thoughts, it just allows you to be. (115) When we grasp something purely by the intellect alone we are abandoning love, by using love and imposing upon our intellect our spiritual will we will find true beauty. 

 Clayton Richard Long