Skip to content
Catholic Online Logo

By Kim A. Talbert

12/28/2012 (1 year ago)

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

"Beauty creates energy and relieves stress." I didn't hear who the keynote speaker said she was quoting, but it didn't matter.  Her opening words caught my attention and I was glad I'd attended the luncheon. How true that statement is.  It applies to both external and internal beauty on so many levels. 

Highlights

By Kim A. Talbert

Catholic Online (www.catholic.org)

12/28/2012 (1 year ago)

Published in Living Faith

Keywords: Christmas, Christ, beauty, power, energy, stress, University of Texas


WASHINGTON,DC (the burningbeast.com) - "Beauty creates energy and relieves stress." 

I didn't hear who the keynote speaker said she was quoting, but it didn't matter.  Her opening words caught my attention and I was glad I'd attended the luncheon. How true that statement is.  It applies to both external and internal beauty on so many levels. Externally, beautiful people are pleasing to look at.  One can be so mesmerized by another's beauty that they can momentarily lose focus of reality. 

Dr. Judith Langlois, a psychology professor from the University of Texas at Austin, conducted research showing that even infants have a sense of what's attractive.  In the late 1980's, she began placing three- and six-month-old babies in front of a screen and showed them pairs of facial photos.  Each pair included someone considered attractive by adult judges and someone considered unattractive, whether female, male or other babies.  The results concluded that infants gazed significantly longer at the "attractive" ones than the "unattractive" ones.

During the Christmas season, people of all ages are drawn to the beauty of Christmas lights and decorations.  In fact, the gaudier and brighter the display, the more attention it receives.  Entire television shows are dedicated to showcasing elaborate light displays, some of which the homeowners have spent several months and thousands of dollars to concoct.  Why?  Because the creative beauty captivates, and for those moments spent fixated on them, stress is relieved and positive energy envelopes the body.

Internal beauty also creates energy and relieves stress.  While God has bestowed the world with some incredible external beauty for mankind's enjoyment, it's the internal beauty of one's soul that really matters.  It's often harder to achieve internal beauty, though.  After all, it's much easier to paint make-up on the face than it is to forgive one's neighbor.  It's easier to run a string of lights around one's house than to open it to those in need.  Presenting a beautifully set table for the holidays may be easier than serving up genuine love to those who sit around it.  The splendor of a city's downtown district with storefronts brimming of holiday clothes is much easier on the eyes-and especially the heart-than the homeless huddled on its curbs.

Although matters of the heart and soul are internal, they are by no means hidden from the external world.  Most can read the internal grindings and intentions of another.  Sometimes we're caught off guard when we realize others have seen more deeply than the smile on our face, causing us to feel emotionally naked.  If only we'd choose our thoughts and attitudes as carefully as we choose the clothes we put on each morning. 

But, oh, when we meet people filled with sincere internal beauty, it's like a breath of mountain air on a snowy morning-fresh, invigorating, and stimulating.  Their inner workings override their physical features, and our descriptions of them to others are filled with the décor of their souls rather than their physical compositions.  Those with internal beauty have the ability to revive us, to fill us with positive energy, and to melt away whatever stress plagues us at the moment.

Christ's words and actions provide humanity with the means to purify the interior, and with Christmas, what better time than His birthday celebration to do just that?

-----
Kim A. Talbert is an award-winning nonfiction author, columnist, speaker and writing conference instructor. She is also the author of The Burning Beast, www.theburningbeast.com 

---


Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


© 2014 - Distributed by THE NEWS CONSORTIUM

Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for October 2014
Peace:
That the Lord may grant peace to those parts of the world most battered by war and violence.
World Mission Day: That World Mission Day may rekindle in every believer zeal for carrying the Gospel into all the world.



Comments


More Living Faith

Pope Paul VI closer to sainthood with beatification by Pope Francis Watch

Image of Pope Paul VI cleaned house, abolishing the pontifical court and simplifying the Curia, the Vatican's administrative arm. Pope Francis is continuing his predecessor's effort to reform to this day.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis cleared the process for sainthood for Pope Paul VI after his beatification over the weekend. Pope Paul VI led the Catholic Church through internal reform during a tumultuous time of social and political change before his death in 1978. LOS ANGELES, ... continue reading


We Need Courageous Bishops: Ignatius of Antioch is a Model Watch

Image of Ignatius of Antioch - I know what is to my advantage. At last I am becoming his disciple. May nothing entice me till I happily make my way to Jesus Christ! Fire, cross, struggles with wild beasts, wrenching of bones, mangling of limbs-let them come to me, provided only I make my way to Jesus Christ. I would rather die and come to Jesus Christ than be king over the entire earth. Him I seek who died for us; him I love who rose again because of us.

By Deacon Keith A Fournier

We need Bishops like Ignatius in this new missionary age of the Church. There is a literal assault on marriage and the family in much of the West. Yet, what the Church has to offer on the truth about marriage and the family paves the path to a future of true ... continue reading


Need a chapel? Pope Francis to rent Sistine Chapel for charity Watch

Image of Pope Francis is renting out the Sistine Chapel for charity.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis is renting out the Sistine Chapel for charity. The decision marks the first time that the chapel has ever been rented out for charity. It will be used for a private concert hosted by Porsche. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The Vatican has announced ... continue reading


On World Food Day, a reminder of Pope Francis' mission for the Church Watch

Image of It's time to ensure that everybody has enough.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Today is World Food Day and we are all called to do what we can to feed others. This year's World Food Day falls during Pope Francis' 'Week of Action' where all Catholics are called to pray and act to feed the world's hungry. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Today, ... continue reading


Pope Francis: The only thing that counts for Jesus is 'faith working through love' Watch

Image of Pope Francis related former Jesuit leader Father Arrupe's lesson in humility in his recent talk.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Pope Francis reiterated in his morning homily that faith is not about appearances and superficially following Church laws. The Pontiff said that God wants to see a faith that inspires action and is "working in charity" and making sacrifices for others. LOS ... continue reading


A Meditation on the Sacred Heart of Jesus: My Heart to Gods Heart Watch

Image of

By Andrew M. Greenwell, Esq.

O Sacred Heart of Jesus, O burning furnace of divine Love, you are the symbol and summary of the whole mystery of our Redemption.  O mystery of mysteries, an infinite Love which no vessel can contain emptied itself into a finite human vessel of love-and so became ... continue reading


The next big thing for the Catholic Church is underway -- but you might not have heard about it... Watch

Image of The Church is closing on its goal to eradicate world hunger.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

"Raise a voice for the hungry," Pope Francis tweeted in support of his 'Week of Action' to fight world hunger. From October 12-18, the 'Week of Action' is intended to bring awareness to Catholics about world hunger and to motivate them to actually do something about ... continue reading


Archbishop explains why Church will never condone homosexual behavior and that the West is pushing a gay agenda Watch

Image of Archbishop Zbigevs Stankevis.

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Homosexual relationships destroy "the identity of the man and the identity of the woman," according to a Catholic Archbishop attending the Vatican's Synod of the Bishops. Archbishop Zbigevs Stankevis, has accused the U.S. and other countries of trying to promote a ... continue reading


Pope Francis says that if law 'doesn't get us closer to Jesus Christ, it is dead' Watch

Image of

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

In what appears to be a rebuke to legalism within the church, Pope Francis declared in his morning homily that if laws do not lead people to Christ then they are obsolete. LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - The scholars of the law in Jesus's day, Pope Francis ... continue reading


Monday, October 13 - Homily: Columbus Day Watch

Image of Today we celebrate the Mass for Evangelization of Peoples. Are you doing your part to bring the one, true Faith to all peoples?

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)

Today we celebrate the Mass for Evangelization of Peoples. Are you doing your part to bring the one, true Faith to all peoples? continue reading


All Living Faith News

Newsletters

Newsletter Sign Up icon

Stay up to date with the latest news, information, and special offers

Daily Readings

Reading 1, Ephesians 2:1-10
1 And you were dead, through the crimes and the ... Read More

Psalm, Psalms 100:2, 3, 4, 5
2 serve Yahweh with gladness, come into his presence ... Read More

Gospel, Luke 12:13-21
13 A man in the crowd said to him, 'Master, tell my ... Read More

Saint of the Day

Saint of the Day for October 20th, 2014 Image

St. Paul of the Cross
October 20: St. Paul of the Cross was born at Ovada in the Republic of ... Read More

Inform, Inspire & Ignite Logo

Find Catholic Online on Facebook and get updates right in your live feed.

Become a fan of Catholic Online on Facebook


Follow Catholic Online on Twitter and get News and Product updates.

Follow us on Twitter