Day 4: Beauty

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40day-yellowAs always, begin with the Prayer of Abandonment.

Ladies, when was the last time you unleashed your inner diva on your husband, for no reason other than to remind him of the girl he married? When was the last time he noticed the sparkle in your eye, the music in your laugh, the many evidences of care and hominess you put into your home, to make it a place you all want to be?

Today’s theme is beauty. It’s one of the transcendent virtues that (along with truth and goodness) have whispered of the very nature of God since the beginning of time . . . and how we, as creatures made in God’s image, reveal a glimpse of God’s original design as well as our eternal destiny.

In today’s meditation in Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta, Mother takes her Sisters to visit a poor old Aborigine during her visit to Australia. She noticed a beautiful lamp in his home that was dirty and obviously unused. She asked if he ever turned it on, and he replied, “For whom? No one ever comes to my house. I spend days without seeing a human face…” (p. 12). The local Sisters began to visit him every day, and he kept that lamp clean and lit for two more years before he died. “It was a very small thing,” said Mother. “But in that dark loneliness a light was lit and continued to shine.”

One of the gifts of being a woman is our ability to see light and beauty, and to encourage others to see it as well. And one of the gifts of the vocation of marriage is that we become icons of beauty for our husbands, often in the most unexpected ways, as they see the light of love shining in our eyes. Something to think about.

And so, tonight after the kids are in bed, pour yourselves a glass of wine, linger over a lovely table, and together, thank God for the beauty of your marriage.

How are you celebrating  beauty today? Why not share with us on Facebook at “The 40 Day Challenge”?

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