[C]onscience expresses itself in acts of “judgment” which reflect the truth about the good, and not in arbitrary “decisions”. The maturity and responsibility of these judgments — and, when all is said and done, of the individual who is their subject — are not measured by the liberation of the conscience from objective truth, in favour of an alleged autonomy in personal decisions, but, on the contrary, by an insistent search for truth and by allowing oneself to be guided by that truth in one’s actions. — John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor 61
missfolly:

Ann Macbeth: Angels Garlanding the Infant Christ, n.d.

missfolly:

Ann Macbeth: Angels Garlanding the Infant Christ, n.d.

(via alwaysabeautifullife)

It must certainly be admitted that man always exists in a particular culture, but it must also be admitted that man is not exhaustively defined by that same culture. Moreover, the very progress of cultures demonstrates that there is something in man which transcends those cultures. This “something” is precisely human nature: this nature is itself the measure of culture and the condition ensuring that man does not become the prisoner of any of his cultures, but asserts his personal dignity by living in accordance with the profound truth of his being. To call into question the permanent structural elements of man which are connected with his own bodily dimension would not only conflict with common experience, but would render meaningless Jesus’ reference to the “beginning”, precisely where the social and cultural context of the time had distorted the primordial meaning and the role of certain moral norms. This is the reason why “the Church affirms that underlying so many changes there are some things which do not change and are ultimately founded upon Christ, who is the same yesterday and today and for ever”. — John Paul II, Veritatis Splendor 53
allaboutmary:

A vintage postcard of Michelangelo’s pietà in St Peter’s basilica in Vatican City.

allaboutmary:

A vintage postcard of Michelangelo’s pietà in St Peter’s basilica in Vatican City.

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theraccolta:

Relic of the True Cross

theraccolta:

Relic of the True Cross

(via dramoor)

ordopraedicatorum:

Saint Dominic Adoring the Cross by Fra Angelico

ordopraedicatorum:

Saint Dominic Adoring the Cross by Fra Angelico