orthodoxgladness:

People look beautiful only among people. This man seems beautiful to a person. And no one else in the world notices the beauty of man. Nature does not notice beautiful people. Animals, plants and other creatures feel only… Kindness. – St. Nicholas the Serbian (Velimirovich)

Do not be decieved by beauty as is defined by the world. The glittering rings. The smooth automobiles. The emaciated, disrobed women.

Is there Beauty? Oh yes, there is immense Beauty. But you won’t find it in the contrived edifices that we create to herald human divinity. You will find it in the weakest parts. In the hidden places. You will find it in the quiet studying of a child of the words of Christ. You will find it in the clasped hands in prayer before an icon. You will find it in the elderly saint lying so quietly in her bed, eyes closed, hearing the call of God to come home.

Oh, my friends there is such Beauty in this world. Let us leave behind the forgeries and grasp tightly to the True.

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