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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.

The ‘Priest’ Who Shot The Pope.

The ‘Priest’ Who Shot The Pope.

Mehmet Ali Agca greets St. Pope John Paul II, after the Holy father paid him a visit in prison.

The Priest Who Shot the Pope.

Have you heard the news?

Mehmet Ali Agca expressed his wish to become a Catholic priest. If you don’t know who Ali Agca is, or if you have forgotten; I will tell you. Agca is a fifty eight year old Turkish national, who was neither involved in the recent attack on the airport in Istanbul, nor the attempted coup. But on Wednesday 13 May 1981, the feast of Our Lady of Fatima and the anniversary of the first apparition of the Blessed Virgin Mary at Fatima, Agca it was, who showed up at St. Peter’s Square with a determination to change the course of history; he had come to kill the Pope who later became a Saint.

Ali Agca shot St. Karol Jozef Wojtyla (Pope John Paul II) four times before he was overpowered and arrested. A brave nun rather than scamper off at the sound of gunshots and the sight of a badly wounded Pope, actually participated in the physical takedown of Agca. For his efforts, and on account of murders he had previously committed, he served time until 2010. 

During that time, Pope John Paul II visited him in prison, forgave him, met his mother, and his brother, and pleaded Agca’s cause for leniency. On his part, Agca wrote to a very ill Pope John Paul II shortly before the Pontiff’s death in 2005 and has visited the tomb of the late Pope. Let us say that the story of Pope John Paul II and Ali Agca is the story of violence, of repentance and of forgiveness.

Now, Ali Agca wants to be an Apostle Paul. At fifty eight, he wants to become a priest. He has told the world via an interview on Italian Television “Canale 5” that he would, if Pope Francis permits, pray with the Pope and become a priest.

“After John Paul II visited me in prison, I thought about it, and I studied the Gospel at length, I know the sacred books better than many others. If the Pope welcomes me, I’ll be a priest and I will celebrate Mass, if he wants me.”

Becoming a priest is not the only desire of Ali Agca along the path of his spiritual journey. There, he hopes to pray with Pope Francis. “I’ll pray there, maybe even together with the pope, to the Madonna, my spiritual mother”. 

The picture of Ali Agca in Portugal, standing next to Pope Francis in the midst of Cardinals, praying to Our Lady will be beamed via satellite to a startled world -the wonders of God’s ways on display. 

A kiss of peace and a warm embrace with the world standing still to salute its latest wonder. In this age of new media, the picture will be tweeted and re-tweeted, posted on YouTube and Facebook, on Instagram and on whatsapp.

It is to the matter of his priestly vocation that I return. If Pope Francis accedes to his request, Ali Agca will presently enrol in a seminary and following requisite formation be ordained a Deacon, and then a priest. Depending on whether he is a missionary priest, or one incardinated in a Diocese, his superior or his Bishop will post him to a pastoral assignment. 

His homily will be laced with personal examples and stories of a lifetime of ironies. “Fr. Ali Agca” will hear confessions and officiate as a minister of the Eucharist. When he shall have proved himself as worthy of the Bishop’s trust, he may be assigned to administer the sacrament of confirmation on behalf of the Bishop. His parish, or station if he is in an outstation, will host not just worshippers; many will come just to see the priest who shot the Pope.

I can hear many saying God Forbid that he becomes a Priest, but it does not depend on us. Ali Agca is awaiting words from the Pope, and although it is most unlikely that he will receive the much awaited Papal nod, his life is only a reflection of the vagaries of our own human existence. If my catechism teacher is to be believed, then many of us have shot the Pope in our thoughts and in our words; in deeds and misdeeds not directly related, but equally injurious to faith and morals.

Miracle As Tornado Destroys House, but Prayer Closet Still Standing in Alabama

Miracle As Tornado Destroys House, but Prayer Closet Still Standing in Alabama

The deadly, monster EF-4 tornado that recently tore through Lee County, Alabama, devoured nearly everything in its path. But one Christian family miraculously survived – huddled inside a prayer closet that was literally the only thing left standing from their house.

That massive twister killed 23 people, including four children. But amazing testimonies are still emerging in the aftermath.

Catastrophic events like this can be devastating and hard to come to grips with, but one eyewitness says this proves God’s power to protect.

Jason Smith serves as a chaplain with the Billy Graham Rapid Response Team, and he went to the tornado zone to minister to survivors. But what he spotted there ministered to him – a piece of slab left from a home that had been demolished by the storm, according to 11 Alive.

Smith was surprised by what he found there, so he went public with the story to offer some inspiration. And the images he shared from that house have gone viral.

“Listen to me please. I just left a family who survived the tornado in this house and the only left standing is this closet,” Smith wrote in the viral Facebook post.

Sitting upright on the thick, flat piece of concrete were the frames to what appeared to be a closet.

“It’s the grandmother’s prayer closet, and the whole family survived.”

Smith, while in total shock, also knew that there could only be one reason behind the family surviving a deadly tornado that day.

“My God is awesome!!! Shout somebody!” he said.

This isn’t the only astounding story to emerge from a recent tornado. As CBN News has reported, 40 kids were miraculously shielded as they sang “Jesus Loves Me,” even though a tornado in Kentucky ripped off the roof from the church where they were sheltering.

Pope Francis Honours Italian Missionary Nun At Weekly General Audience. 

Pope Francis Honours Italian Missionary Nun At Weekly General Audience. 

Pope Francis on Wednesday honoured Sr Maria Concetta Esu for her tireless work as a midwife in Africa over the past 60 years.

Sister Maria Concetta Esu is an Italian nun who for almost 60 years has devoted her life to missionary work in Africa. In her profession as a midwife, Sister Concetta has delivered thousands of babies and at 85, her commitment to children, mothers and families continues.

In recognition of her tireless efforts, Pope Francis at the end of his General Audience on Wednesday, honoured this Sister from the Congregation of the Daughters of St. Joseph of Genoni, telling her this accolade was “a sign of our affection and our ‘thanks’ for all the work you have done in the midst of our African brothers and sisters, in the service of life…”

The Pope told the pilgrims present that he had met Sr Maria Concetta in Bangui in the Central African Republic during his visit to open the Jubilee of Mercy in 2015, adding, “that day, too, she came from Congo in a canoe, … to do her shopping in Bangui.”

While honouring this religious sister, the Pontiff also took the opportunity to express his gratitude to all the missionaries, priests, religious and laity, who he said, may not make the news, but “sow the seeds of the Kingdom of God in every part of the world.”

The Pope also spoke of Brazilian Cardinal Cláudio Hummes, who he recounted “goes to the cemetery and visits the graves of missionaries; many young people who have died from diseases…” Pope Francis said that the Cardinal told him, ‘they all deserve to be canonized’, because their life has been ‘consumed’ in service.

Sister Maria Concetta, who is in Rome for a meeting with her Congregation, is due to return to Africa to continue her work. Bidding her farewell, Pope Francis said, “Let us accompany her with prayer. And may her example help us all to live the Gospel wherever we are.”

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