A young woman, a senior in high school, has become a mother. Rumors take flight; whispers abound. Loving, generous, humble… these precious words fail to appear on the tongues of many when speaking of this woman, as young as she is remarkable. Yes, this is a lesson in true beauty.
Is it invisible?
No, by no means. It is, however, above all, interior and manifests itself in only special moments: in a smile for another.
Forged in the fire of self-sacrifice, her heart was one disposed to welcome that of another. Perhaps she wasn’t looking for greatness, yet perhaps true greatness is knowing how to welcome what comes along with a generous and warm heart, more than something that we ourselves plan and aspire for. Maybe a key to greatness is learning to live according to plan that is not necessarily our own, perhaps God has different plans for our greatness?
What I find fascinating in this video are the aspects of beauty and happiness that seem to come alive in this “ordinary” woman in such an extraordinary way. It is in her love for her child, her love that arises and overflows as it gives life to a radiant smile.
You see, beauty doesn’t come from makeup, from photoshop, not even from genes (beauty in the deepest sense). It comes from a heart that has discovered its joy in the beauty of another. It is the beauty that not only shines but also changes; it transforms the world. It is the beauty of men and women and all those who have found their treasure in serving and giving themselves to others (see Mt 6:21).
Questions for Dialogue:
How would you react if you were in her situation? Do you too fall into making judgments without knowing the full story?
How do you conceive beauty and happiness? Where do you seek beauty and happiness in your life? Are you able to perceive the authentic beauty in a generous life, dedicated to others? Do you live in such a way?
My Beautiful Woman By Wacoal Thailand
- The ABCs And 123s Of Catholic School SafetyWith the new school year in session nationwide, our Catholic Schools find themselves balancing the challenges of returning to a “normal” school year while remaining mindful of new instructional methods and ever-changing mask and distance mandates. Yet another challenge, however, lurks in the background, and it’s an overlooked casualty of the COVID-pandemic: when our schools […]
- What Was Said At The National Catholic Prayer Breakfast In Washington, DC?Jeff Cavins, Catholic Bible evangelist, and Most Reverend Steven J. Lopes the Bishop of the Personal Ordinariate of the Chair of Saint Peter had the opportunity to share some words of wisdom at the 2021 National Catholic Prayer Breakfast (NCPB) that was held on September 14 in Washington, DC. This event began in 2004 in […]
- 5 Ways For Catholic Teachers To Prepare For The School YearThe Catholic school teacher is called to plant and nurture seeds that will bear fruit during the school year. Today, I thought I’d share 5 tips on how to prepare for the upcoming school year. These are things I found particularly helpful from my teaching days. 5 Ways Catholic Teachers Can Prepare For The School […]
- What You Shouldn’t Say When A Friend Miscarries…And What You ShouldIf you’ve had the terrible, heart-wrenching misfortune of losing a child by miscarriage, I understand. And so does St. Zelie Martin, who experienced child loss multiple times. People try to help, and it is not always a healing experience. This is a list for those who want to comfort someone. Hopefully, it helps you understand […]
- “I’m Not Pro-Murdering Babies”: A Catholic Response And ResourcesThere has been a post circulating around Facebook and other places which begins “I’m not pro-murdering babies.” The post then presents various circumstances in which an abortion could be justified, in the view of the author. The problems with the post and many and varied. So, we thought it would hopefully be fruitful to walk […]