As I was getting ready for class, I felt like having a cup of tea. As I look down, I read “The Beauty in you is your Spirit”. And I felt a sense of peace. That day in class, one of the assignments was to answer the question “what is beauty?” As I sat in class, the first thing that came to mind was the beauty of being Catholic. When I thought about being catholic, I thought of the Trinity, the Eucharist, the Holy Family, the Saints, the Sacraments, the Sacred Heart of Jesus and so much more. These are just some of the reminders of what is beautiful about our faith. As I continued to ponder about beauty, I began to think about the beauty within all of you. We all have a beautiful spirit within us that makes us who we are. At times, it’s so hard to find that beauty within ourselves because it is clouded with the perceptions of the world. Personally, this is a struggle I deal with almost every day. I’m sure many of you experience this, especially now that Valentine’s day is nearby. With that in mind, meditate on the way you see yourself. But keep in mind that you were specially hand-made by God – you are his perfect work of art. Think of a time when you sat on the beach listening to the waves or a time you watched the sunset. The way you feel at that very moment is the same way God feels when he looks at you. This beauty is beyond what words can explain – and that’s what God see’s in you. The only relationship you should be worried about on this February 14th, is your relationship with God. There is no greater love than His. He gave you this spirit to love Him, love others and yourself. Use this Valentine’s day to show others God’s love!
“Spread love everywhere you go: first of all in your own house. Give love to your children, to your wife or husband, to a next door neighbor. Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier. Be the living expression of God’s kindness; kindness in your face, kindness in your eyes, kindness in your smile, kindness in your warm greeting.” – Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcutta