AS PALAUTIANS AND IN THIS CONTEXT OF PANDEMIC, TO BEAUTIFY THE CHURCH, REFLECTION OF THE IMAGE OF GOD AND OF CREATION, IS A QUESTIONING CHALLENGE.
HOW CAN WE LIVE IT AND EXPRESS IN A CONCRETE WAY IN OUR COMMUNITIES?
HOW TO REDISCOVER THE BEAUTY AROUND US AND MAKE AN EFFORT FOR IT TO SHINE?
In this talk – the third one with ocasion of the Season of Creation 2020 – that we can follow in this video, Sister Olga starts reading the definition of the word “Beauty” that we can find in dictionary. By this mean we learn that “beautiful we say about something that, by perfection of its forms, pleases our sight and hearing and, at the same time, our spirit”.
To rediscover the beauty that surrounds us, she says mentioning the previous talk, it is important to look.
The art of looking, is what it is. To look at myself, look at nmthe others, look at the nature… and discover the image of God in everything. To look with honesty, without hidden interests.
The texts of the Encyclical Letter can illumine us: “When the persens ecome reference for themselves and isolate themselves from their oen concience, their voracity increase. The more empty is a heart of a person, the more objects she needs to buy, possess and consume” (LS 204). “Nevertheless, not everythith is lost, because human beings, capable of degrading themselves in extreme, also can win over themselves, make again an option for good and regenerate, furthen than any mental and social conditionings. They are capable of looking at temselves with honesty, to put under the lights with transparency their own weariness and begin new journey toward true freedom” (LS 205).
Sister Olga invites us to stop, to look and allow ourselves to be looked at. To submerge inside ourselves with honesty, even though it may be painful. Because this is the first step to discover our own beauty, our own value. And, without jealousy, to rediscover it also in others, in whole creation. Only this way we will be able to look with transparency and honesty at the others and aknowledge them as beautiful, valueble, living image of God Trinity, image of the Church. We will be able to invite oters to make the same journey.
Finally, this is the best service that we can do to beautify our communities. That was the first question. We need to think that each one of us, followers of Francisco Palau, will be able to respond if we realy and concretely believe that we are the image of Trinity, image of the Church. If you believe that it is only a theory, what are you doing here? If you believe that it is true only in another life, what God has to say about us being destined to be the image of his Son? What Palau can tell you in the depths of your heart?
This way, we can see a palautian challenge:
I challenge you today, because I have already challenged myself, to look for some ways to deepen, with honesty inside of you, to rediscover the beauty of the Church who wants to be born and shine in you. I sincerely believe that this will be the best way of beautifying the Church; more, it’s the only way that each one of us will be able to do, and it’s me and you responsible of doing so.
The talk ends with the beauty made word, a strophy of the poem of Saint John of the Cross, Songs between a soul and a Spouse, and a sentence from Laudato Si. You need to listen this talk!