Sometimes you get handed a gift. Today that was a singing nun.
So, I was struggling with what to post this week… then I realized God wanted me to wait for this:
True Beauty is Obvious.
I have no idea what she is saying to the judges at the end. But I know the impact was made before they even saw her. Father Robert Baron often talks about leading with the beautiful to draw closer to God. I think we can show this as Exhibit A.
The beautiful opened the way to conversation and conversion. And the awesome part here is it seems the judges become even more impacted after talking to her. I’d love to get a translation of their conversation (feel free to comment if you have it). I don’t know Italian very well, but I knew that grunge looking judge was pierced with the love of Christ. Tears don’t need translation. They’re universal in many ways.
Was I the only one hoping and cheering that she choose him? What can we learn from this? Two things we can implement in our lives:
Beauty Touches All
My rough translation of what that judge was saying was that she was the beautiful and angelic and he was the sinner and almost unworthy. A match made in Heaven? No matter what the truth is, he was instantly drawn to her beautiful voice and witness. I love that it seems Pope Francis was an inspiration and motivator for her to reach out using her gift this way. The judges couldn’t help but be drawn in. The saint and the sinner all seek beauty; sometimes we simply settle for a cheep knock off or are deceived.
To quote my favourite Indiana Jones movie, we need to “choose wisely”. To create and share beauty is step one. The best part of this video is when she chooses the judge. I don’t know for sure, but part of me thinks she picked him because how obviously he was impacted and desired to work with her. His tears spoke. No translation needed.
So what’s the take home for us? When we see an opportunity and desire in someone to dive deeper and share faith, embrace it! It is a lot easier to work with the Holy Spirit then on our own. It also keeps us humble in realizing all is gift and we are just stewards of God’s abundant blessings. Let’s be thankful and choose wisely our words and actions in response. God will give you opportunity, the question is will you respond?
Right now that’s sharing with my daughter why I cry during every episode of Little House on the Prairie we watch as a family (true stuff). She knows something beautiful happened. She asks a question and I answer. Simple.
Share below one experience of beauty that opened the door to discuss faith with someone!