The Catholic Parish of
Saint John Henry Newman

 Covering most of East Leeds

Through The Looking Glass.

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The world’s best fashion designers are concerned with the total look of the models they send down the catwalk. They must have perfect accessories and the right hairstyle, make-up, etc. and it’s the same with God. He created you as a whole person with specific features, personality traits and emotional strengths. He designed you to be a vibrant, thinking, feeling and fully functioning human being, with your own unique attractiveness. But he endowed you with more than just physical appearance. He gave you hidden talents and spiritual gifts – inner qualities which he wants you to use for his purpose. What you are on the inside, should determine how you see yourself on the outside. When your looks determine your worth, putting on a few extra pounds can ruin your chances of success, as proved by the many magazine covers which proclaim beauty without character. We shouldn't be over concerned about our outward beauty, or fancy hairstyles, expensive jewellery, or beautiful clothes. Instead, you should clothe yourself with the beauty that comes from within.

When your self- worth comes from God instead of from other people, you can wear a £10 outfit from your local charity shop, or a £1,000 dress that comes from an up market boutique and you will be fine either way. This is because you recognise that your outer appearance doesn't define who you are as a person, or determine your worth in God’s eyes. You have to remember that inner beauty can’t be bought, taken off a rack, applied like make-up, or worn like a new suit. It’s strictly an “inside job.” So take time today to look at yourself in God’s mirror and try to see what he values most in you and how you are living your life.

Ultimately, no one else has the answers to your unique set of circumstances. You know best and are the one who must take the necessary steps towards self improvement and taking responsibility for your life.

“You are my mirror wherein I see myself – as I am and as I should be.
I talk and you listen –that’s all you do and yet I see in the eyes of you
The pattern of life fall into place – the truth reflected upon your face.”

Published Fri 25th Apr 2014 08:49:10

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