True beauty is found only in love

The Lord Is My Chef Breakfast Recipe for the Soul

Friday, Wk. XX, Yr. I, Memorial of St. Rose of Lima, 23 August 2019

Ruth 1:1, 3-6, 14-16, 22 ><}}}*> ><}}}*> Matthew 22:34-40

Photo by Dra. Mai B. Dela Pena, Israel, 2016.

Thank you very much O God for the gift of women!

Today we celebrate two beautiful women who showed us that the true essence of beauty is in sharing your love with others.

There is the Moabite woman named Ruth who stayed with her mother-in-law Naomi who went back to Israel upon the death of her husband and two sons.

What a beautiful story of great love of a young widow for her widowed mother-in-law co-journeying with her to uncertain future guided only by faith and love in God.

But Ruth said, “Do not ask me to abandon or forsake you! For wherever you go I will go, wherever you lodge I will lodge, your people shall be my people, and your God my God.”

Ruth 1:16

Also today we celebrate the memorial of South America’s first canonized saint, Rose of Lima, Peru.

Said to be so lovely and beautiful, St. Rose offered her life at a very young age to the Lord in prayers and works of penance with a burning desire to evangelize the Indians despite the risks of being killed.

The patroness against vanities, St. Rose of Lima died at a young age of 31, praying, “Lord, increase my sufferings, and with them increase your love in my heart.”

Ruth and St. Rose of Lima, two great women of faith who proved with their lives that true beauty lies indeed in the greatest commandment of all, love of God and love of others.

We pray today for all the women, especially the victims of human trafficking.

Likewise, we pray for those men insisting to be “women” that they may come to discover their true beauty is in accepting their gift of humanity as a male amid the many confusions and turbulence within them. Amen.

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