Kneading Real Beauty

Can you add something beautiful to today?

Life is really about this- adding real beauty. Can you mix it in your muffins, or touch it in the sick? I splash it in the pots and pans I wash.

Can you see it in the techno world we live in? Or knead it into bread?

Real beauty is a life filled with grace. It’s impossible without getting out of ourselves and encountering real Love, God Himself. When we see real beauty we know that is it Truth.  It sometimes corresponds to what it pleasing in appearance, but when developed transcends appearances– to pure gift.

The one who gives is most beautiful….the one who loves.

At times the seeing comes easy.

I receive it in the Host held high at Holy Mass. He gave it first. Beauty beyond appearances, offered on a cross.

I watch my son and his dog from the kitchen window, frolicking in the snow. True gift from God – real beauty.

I witness the man rising in cold darkness to work, to provide for this family – real beauty.

I answer the call of a friend who is in need of consolation and time – real beauty.

Sometimes the look must go deeper.

Can you drive it through unknown back roads….even when it’s dark?

Can you place your unfelt beauty in the eyes of Him who says you are when you look in the mirror each day? Can you know your beauty in your contrite heart as you ask mercy of those you’ve hurt?

Can you pray it out in silence as you finger the beads– trying to sort out confusion as to where real beauty lies? Our Lady, from whom all beauty radiates, knows how to lead us to it.

I say no to  things in life that might feel good at the time– in order to say yes like she did –real beauty.

What can you add to change the canvas of your days, of your life?  Every day is an artist’s delight awaiting your contribution to real beauty.

Do you have a lover’s pen? A word of love? A song to sing?

Receive real beauty as it is offered in life and then find out where real beauty is missing.

Knead it, and watch it rise!

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