When thinking of transcendental we must keep in mind the conscience of being and weather there is a cognitive response to experiencing transcendentalism. Being and oneness cannot be separated. Oneness, like being is a transcendental perfection. Using the number of millions of neurons in our brain, the oneness that holds them altogether is very strong. However the matter in our brain dies, but there is no matter in the spirit. God’s essence is to exist and this is where oneness attains simplicity.
Greek philosopher’s used the word “alethes” (true), which means not veiled. When we speak of truth or that something is true, it means that nothing is hidden. I have really never understood why so many Catholics say “there is some truth in all religions” I say who cares! A half-truth is not truth at all, it is a lie. A half-truth is lacking and is veiled, and the perpetrators of these lies are pulling the veil over unsuspecting eyes. Humans are self aware, we are aware of our being and we have the intellect to read into things. Saint Thomas Aquinas defined truth as the “conformity of the intellect and the thing” the being of a thing is true when our intellect responds to it. All humans have been created for some type of contemplation, our intellect questions things and our being responds. To transcend life we must love and if we are to love we are able to transcend and have the experience of God. The goal for every Catholic is heaven; we strive for the beatific vision that is what God created us for. There are moments that we transcend our material bodies and become in tune with the being of love itself. This being brings light, it brings good and it brings joy. CRL
What is the importance of the relationship the body (our bodies) have with the divine? It reminds us that, it may be true that God formed us from the slime of the earth, however that does not mean we are worthless slime. Every human being is a unique individual and God has a plan for every one of us. We may not all be born with athletic abilities, but God has given us each our own talents that can be used to work in His garden. God owns our bodies; they are on loan to us. We must take great care in our bodies. As a parent you want your child to look after themselves, to keep clean and to eat and exercise, that is how God views us. That is why God is the loving eternal Father, we are all His children and we should remember that we have been given the responsibility to care for our children. That being said, it does not mean once we reach a certain age that we no longer have this responsibility. This is why humans are distinct from other creatures, God made us in His own image. The term image must not be mis-understood, it needs to reflect the material aspect of the body, for God the Father is pure spirit and the second person of the Holy Trinity was not in “body” in heaven waiting to be born on earth. We are material beings and the incarnation is the most incredible event in the history of man. God became one of us, he took on human flesh. This is the perfect example of how we as humans communicate with the world. We are not angels (pure spirit). If God is perfect, He knows everything with His infinite mind, which means He cannot change Himself because He is perfect. God’s idea of Himself has to be the same identical nature as Himself, which is a Person that has the same nature (divine). The incarnation was a total self-emptying of Himself and it exalted man as well. While on earth Jesus constantly used material items to demonstrate to us His wondrous world (coming to mind the loaves & fish, baptism in the river Jordan, using mud from the ground to cure blindness) God did not need to use these material things, but he did, for a reason. To show us that not all material is bad, that the body can be used for good. Jesus used His body to articulate His message of love and sacrifice (crucifixion) to His children. Jesus also bled, when He was a baby (circumcision) to show us that there is a reason for pain and suffering. We should use our bodies to glorify God, (an opera singer comes to mind) the resurrected body is an essential part of God’s plan, a real glorified body, one that can eat, and walk and talk and yet pass through walls.
As for sources of confusion, many philosophers and early Church Fathers liked to view the body as bad and having no good in it, this lead to a large amount of monasticism (hiding from the sin of the world) or to bodily mortification. This stemmed from a history of Greek dualism, although Thomas Aquinas attempted to take a more friendly view in this regard. The author of this article makes it clear that the author of all lies is Satan, and that he (Satan) can lead men to do ungodly things with their God given bodies.
I believe many people today would feel that it would be better if they were just spirit and no body, that we would be cured of concupiscence. But the body can be used in an expressive way, to show Our Lord our complete surrender to His will, whether it be Martyrdom or falling on your knees in prayer or writing a song to give praise to God.
This was a challenging evening as the hard sun was in and out of the windows every 5 minutes. This was Fr.Uy's First Solemn High Mass in his home parish since being ordained last week in Nebraska. The Archbishop of Vancouver J. Michael Miller preached the sermon and announced that Father Uy would be the new assistant pastor to the parish.
We will have more footage being released in the weeks to come including some great video footage.
Fr. Santa Maria , Fr.Neufeld, Fr.Deprey, Fr.Uy, Fr.Geddes, Archbishop Miller, Fr.Ashley