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Thursday, 15 December 2016 11:43

December Faith Post

Faith Page Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine

During the Christmas season commercials and Madison Ave. urges consumers to use their shopping days to buy a new wardrobe or buy products to make them look better, like items that might make our teeth brighter. This continues after Christmas with so called New Year’s resolutions. The most common one, of course, is to lose weight. While that is a healthy resolution, the media would tell us that we need to lose weight to be attractive and beautiful. The whole idea is to change into what others perceive as beauty.

The thing is what is our idea of beauty? If we buy into what the media tells us, then we will be disappointed. We can never achieve their idea of beauty for this year. Most certainly that idea will change next year depending on new products. One size does not fit all. It is a fact that if a person is not born with thick voluminous hair, a bottle of special shampoo will not give what you were not born with.

Perhaps we need to see with the eyes of God. What does God consider to be beautiful? The Lord looks into the heart. The Lord sees our spirit. It is a fact that most people do not have the physical attributes that advertising agencies would lead us to believe are essential to happiness. Happiness is using the gifts that God gives for the betterment of ourselves and others. We have a beautiful spirit, we need to concentrate on letting it shine. Then our true beauty will be there for all to see, not the beauty that is the effect of artificial means. Take a look inside. Let others see your real beauty.

Scripture: Ps. 139:14 “I praise you, for I am wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works.”

1 Samuel 7 “Do not look on his appearance… for the Lord sees not as man sees; man looks on outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”

Prayer: O, Lord let me see as you see. Let me see through your eyes. Help me to see my true beauty and the beauty of those around me. Let me see myself and others as you see us. Help my heart to be one with yours so that it will reflect your perfect beauty in this world. Amen

Spotlight: A great place to find your inner beauty is Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, 21281 Chardon Rd., Euclid, Ohio 44117. It is a place of prayer that fosters your conversation with God. A quiet place to see how the Lord sees you. It is a place to see all of us to see each other as God sees us. Come and attend our Lourdes novena from February 3rd up to and including February 11th. Rosary will begin at 7:00 PM with Mass following. Also, come to our Sunday, February 5th French Toast Breakfast held from after the 8:00 AM Mass until 11:30 AM.

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