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The 10 Characteristics Of True Biblical Beauty

The 10 Characteristics Of True Biblical Beauty

Dear Lovely Sisters:

Every woman is beautiful in GOD’s eyes and you are beautiful, too. However, you can become captivating by cultivating inner beauty, which never fades, and by cultivating the ten characteristics of true biblical beauty.

The ten characteristics of true biblical beauty are:

1. A good heart (1 Samuel 16:7).

2. A gentle and quiet spirit (1 Peter 3:3-4).

3. A pleasant and peaceful manner (Proverbs 3:15-18).

4. Being humble and loving (Ephesians 4:2-3).

5. A fear of the LORD (Proverbs 31:30).

6. Wifely submission (1 Peter 3:3-4).


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. Being clothed with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience (Colossians 3:12).

8. Strength (Proverbs 20:29).

9. Looking to GOD in everything (Psalm 34:5).

10. Doing good deeds (1 Timothy 2:9-10).

In addition, every woman can make herself charming and winsome through cultivating:

1. Vital health.

2. A pleasing disposition.

3. A cultured manner.

4. Femininity.

TIPS:

1. Ask GOD to grant you the ten qualities of true biblical beauty.

2. Cultivate the qualities of a charming and winsome character.

3. Study the arts of charm and refinement – apply what you learn to your own behavior.

4. Carry yourself with dignity and poise, and maintain good posture.

5. Do everything possible to acquire good health and stamina, and to maintain it.

6. Make it a daily effort to look feminine and to dress with care.

7. Strive to make your beauty real rather than artificial.

8. Do not wear too much makeup or perfume.

REMEMBER:

“Outer beauty attracts, but inner beauty captivates” (Kate Angell).

“A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear” (Marilyn Monroe).

There is no cosmetic or surgery which can hide the deformity of a bad temper or an ugly personality.

Tolerate no trait in yourself that you consider unattractive in others.

True beauty is more than your face and figure, and your manner is worth more than both.

One Who Is Silent Before Error Is Repulsive To God 

One Who Is Silent Before Error Is Repulsive To God 

One Who Is Silent Before Error Is Repulsive To God.

Pope Leo XIII exhorted us in Sapientiae Christinae of January 10, 1890, to defend and proclaim the truth of the Catholic Faith at all times without fail. To safeguard the integrity of the Faith, he insists, is a duty that belongs to each one of the faithful and not just those with power of rule. Further, one who keeps silence in face of error is repulsive to God and unworthy of eternal salvation. These are important lessons for the progressivist clergy and laymen in our days.

But in the same matter, touching Christian Faith, there are other duties whose exact and religious observance necessary at all times in the interest of eternal salvation, become more especially so in these our days.

Amid such reckless and widespread folly of opinion it is, as we have said, the office of the Church to undertake the defense of truth and uproot errors from the mind, and this charge has to be at all times sacredly observed by her, seeing that the honor of God and the salvation of men are confided to her keeping.

But when necessity compels, not only those who are invested with power of rule are bound to safeguard the integrity of the Faith, but as St. Thomas maintains, each one is under obligation to show forth his faith either to instruct and encourage others of the faithful or to repel the attacks of unbelievers.

To recoil before an enemy or to keep silence when from all sides such clamor is raised against truth, belongs to a man either devoid of character or one who entertains doubt as to the truth of what he professes to believe. In both cases such mode of behaving is shameful and is insulting to God, and both are incompatible with salvation of mankind. This kind of conduct is profitable only to the enemies of Faith, for nothing emboldens the wicked so greatly as the lack of courage on the part of the good.

Moreover, lack of vigor on the part of Christians is so much the more blameworthy, as not seldom little would be needed on their part to bring to naught false charges and refute erroneous opinions. And, by always exerting themselves more strenuously, they might count upon being successful.

The True Cross Of Christ Found By St. Helena

The True Cross Of Christ Found By St. Helena

The true Cross found by St. Helena.

Following the victory at the Battle of Milvian Bridge against tyrant Maxentius, Emperor Constantine seized power in 312, and in the following year, he legalized Christianity with the Edict of Milan. About this time, Constantine’s mother, St. Helena, converted to Catholic Christianity. (She died in the year 330 at about the age of 80). 

According to the early great Church historian Eusebius, she was about 63 at the time of her conversion. With the authority of her son, St. Helena went to Palestine in search of the sacred sites about the year 326.

According to post – Nicene historians such as Socrates of Constantinople, Empress Helena, mother of Emperor Constantine the Great, the first Christian emperor of Rome, travelled to the Holy Land in 326–328, founding churches and establishing relief agencies for the poor. Historians Gelasius of Caesarea (died 395) and Rufinus (344/45-411) claimed that she discovered the hiding place of three crosses that were believed to have been used at the crucifixion of Jesus and of the two thieves, St. Dismas and Gestas, executed with him. To one cross was affixed the titulus bearing Jesus’ name, but Helena was not sure until a miracle revealed that, that cross was the True Cross.

In addition to this, the Emperor Constantine himself wrote to St. Macarius, Bishop of Jerusalem, ordering him to make a search for the Cross on Mount Calvary. A learned Jew named Judas seemed to have some knowledge of the whereabouts, and was pressed into service. Just east of the site, three Crosses were found in a rock-cistern as well as the titulus (the wood plaque inscribed with Jesus Nazaranus Rex Iudaeorum). The question then arose, “Which was the Cross of Christ?”

According to the details provided by St. John Chrysostom, St. Ambrose, Rufinus, and Socrates (not the philosopher): The three crosses and the titulus were removed from the cistern. A woman, dying from a terminal disease, was brought to the spot. She touched the crosses, one by one. After she touched the third cross, she was cured, thereby identifying the true cross. St. Ambrose preached that when St. Helena found the true cross, “She worshiped not the wood, but the King, Him who hung on the wood. She burned with an earnest desire of touching the guarantee of immortality”.

St. Cyril of Jerusalem wrote a letter to the Emperor Constantius (Constantine’s son and successor), he stated, “The saving wood of the Cross was found at Jerusalem in the time of Constantine”. In his fourth Catechetical Lecture , he wrote, “He was truly crucified for our sins. For if you would deny it, the place refutes you visibly, this blessed Golgotha, in which we are now assembled for the sake of Him who was here crucified; and the whole world has since been filled with pieces of the wood of the Cross. 

20 Mass Etiquettes To Remember At Mass

20 Mass Etiquettes To Remember At Mass

Distractions seen by the community.

Catholic Lectors and Altar Servers: Ettiquette is not only about behaviour at a party or formal meeting.

There is also Mass Etiquette which is neglected:

20 Things to remember at Mass.

1. One must fast for at least 1 hour before receiving Holy Communion. The only exceptions are medicine, water or unless someone is ill and needs to eat sooner.

2. Don’t pack a snack basket for kids. It’s not a picnic. The only exceptions would be milk for infants, water for the priest or choir and sick.

3. Don’t bite your nails, it indicates nervousness. Don’t shake your legs, it indicates tension. Don’t fidget with your hair, it indicates distraction. You may haven’t been taught this when you were young, that it is wrong to focus on any other person or object, when the focus should be on God alone.

4. Never chew gum in Church. It breaks your fast.

5. Cross yourself with Holy Water on entering and leaving the church. This is a reminder of our Baptism, which made us members of Christ’s Church.

6. Dress modestly, the Mass is not a fashion show. And Christmas and Easter masses are not a part of Milan Fashion Week. Dress in a way that gives witness to your faith not to seduce anyone. Don’t go for Mass to check out who is hot in the parish.

7. Come early and be as close to the altar as possible. Don’t walk in when half the mass is over. Don’t stand outside the Church. One shouldn’t go for Mass for the heck of it or to be noticed or to avoid uncomfortable questions.

8. Cell phones should never be used during Mass for checking messages, making calls or texting. Keep them on silent mode. No call is more important than Mass.

9. Youngsters should offer their seats to the pregnant, sick or aged who are standing.

10. When we enter and leave the Church, genuflect (bow your knee) towards the Tabernacle. Christ is present for our sake. By allowing our right knee to hit the floor, we acknowledge He is our Lord and God. If someone is physically unable to genuflect, then a bow is sufficient. During Mass, if you pass in front of the altar or tabernacle, bow reverently.

11. Sit quietly in Church. Don’t talk or comment on what others wear. You don’t go there to judge anyone’s dressing style, make -up or accessories.

12. Take loud children behind. Sometimes the baby will be restless. Parents with young kids should sit at the end of a pew, so that you can take the kid behind quickly. Don’t joke with them & disturb others during Mass. Stop them from playing with hymn books and reading materials. Don’t joke or play with toddlers during mass.

13. Prepare your offering before Mass. Christ tells us not to let your left hand know what your right hand is doing when you make your offering. Keeping the basket while you get your wallet out can be quite a scene. Digging the basket for change is wrong. Come to mass with your offering prepared.

14. No sleeping, day-dreaming, bulletin reading or saying the rosary during mass. Pay attention to God’s Word.

15. Respect the worship. Stand during the gospel reading and other set time during worship. Kneel at the consecration, it is part of worship. The only exceptions are for the sick, people with knee problems, aged and those with infants. If you can’t kneel occupy a pew that does not obstruct the view of the Lord from those who do kneel.

16. Bow before receiving Holy Communion, you are before God.

17. Say Amen and bow before receiving Communion. Do not drop the host, or play with it with your tongue or bite it.

18. Do not leave early. We should stay to the end of the final blessing and the recessional hymn that accompanies it, if there is one. Remember who left the Last Supper early (Judas).

19. Pray after Mass, thanking God for His abundant blessings.

20. Leave quietly. We encourage you to visit others especially your pastors as a part of Christian fellowship, but once you are outside of the main sanctuary of the church so you won’t disturb others who want to stay and pray.

*Don’t say’ Thank God mass is over,’ when you come out. You will sound as if you were forced to attend or as if it is a weekly punishment.

We may have not always behaved well during mass, but it’s never too late to learn.

Let’s share this with all, to know how important it is to behave well in Church.🙏

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