Thursday, 5 December 2019

Father Leo’s Daily Meditation


“Not every woman in old slippers can manage to look like Cinderella.”
—Don Marquis

Beauty is not what you wear or look like; beauty is within. We begin to love ourselves when we see the beauty that God has given to each and every one of us forever. God’s image and beauty is expressed through our attitudes and feelings, how we greet and listen to each other and the gentle dignity we afford to another human being.

For years I saw myself as ugly, boring, useless and stupid. This message came from parents who forever compared me with others and for years I believed their message. I hid through my teenage years and quietly tried to escape in food, alcohol and drugs.

Then after a crisis, I met people who had felt the same but were now feeling different. They loved me until I could begin to love myself. Now I like me. Now I can love me. Today I can like and love you.

Help me to see the beauty in the wrinkle; the power in the pain.

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