“Look to him that you may be radiant with joy, and your faces may not blush with shame.” (Psalm 34)Our whole lives is a journey toward Heaven; our whole lives are a journey into the Beautiful, Good God. We can spend time with Him now coming to understand His Divine Glory Beauty, and finding our own beauty there. Then we can be inspired to radiate that same beauty out toward others. What makes us sometimes afraid to face the Beautiful God?
“And Moses hid his face, for he was afraid to look at God.” (Exodus 3) “Then you hid your face, and I was put to confusion” (Psalm 30)God knows all of our sufferings and every one of our wounds. He no longer wants us to be put to confusion, or to seek other lesser gods or forms of beauty. So that’s where we are wounded, where our recognition of our dignity and worth is marred. We experience shame, guilt, and we are tempted to believe we will just never measure up. So facing Beauty, means getting before God in prayer, in sacrament (Eucharist and Confession), adoration, and with Mary as she walks with us through her Son’s life, death and resurrection in the rosary.
“Perfect Love (God) casts out all fear.” (1 John 4:18)The result of facing Beauty is that the Truth is restored about how beautiful we are.
“The Lord intends us to know a new heart, a clean heart and a fleshy heart in place of a broken heart, a wounded heart and a hardened heart. This is the Lord’s work and in His time we do know it…. In a moment of grace there seems to be healing…a crumbling of the hardened stony heart or there is a washing clean and anew wholeness to the wounded heart or there is a replacement of the broken heart with the Lord’s (Sacred) Heart.” Fr. Michael ScanlonThis is our true desire. To be loved and known in and through every aspect of being, our faults and sufferings, our triumphs and our joys and to be filled with the love of God, filled to overflowing. It is a lifelong journey and there are many snares along the way and we will fall many times. But God is always faithful and he is always desiring us to give him everything, including our falls. Fall into His arms-face and embrace God's Beauty. Then you will know your own! Breathing in the Beauty of God leads to a radiant inner being! Radiance of our inner being infuses life into the world! You are beautiful! You are radiant! You inspire the world! Thank you for your gift!
Copyright 2018 Cynthia Costello
About the Author
Cindy Costello is a praying wife and mom who is settling into her empty nest. More than fall trees and caramel lattes, she loves a pen hitting paper to create something unique and beautiful for God. Cindy is challenging herself intellectually and getting ready for Career #2 by pursuing a MA in Theology. And on the side she gives parish talks and retreats , specializing in Theology of the Body and all things Catholic! Visit her website at CindyACostello.com.