True beauty is reflected in soul — Archbishop

True beauty is reflected in soul — Archbishop

Archbishop Socrates Villegas, CBCP President, presides over a closing Mass for the Mother Butler Guild National Convention in Manila, July 6, 2017. MBG/SCREEN GRAB

A Catholic archbishop has offered beauty tips for women, not for the face, but for the soul.

Speaking to an organization of Catholic women on Thursday, Archbishop Socrates Villegas said that wanting to be beautiful is not wrong but reminded them that true beauty is not of the face but of the soul.

“Take care of your body. Take care of your face. Take care of the things that our eyes can see, but, do not ignore the things that eyes cannot see,” said Villegas, CBCP President.

“And when people see you, when people touch you, please make sure that they see Christ, and Christ touches them through you,” he said.

The archbishop made the statement in his homily during the closing Mass for the Mother Butler Guild (MBG) National Convention in Manila.

He began his sermon by equating the women as “helpers” in the same way that “the Pope is a helper, and we bishops are helpers, and your parish priests are helpers.”

“You are all beautiful when you serve the church, but please make sure that your soul is more beautiful than your face. Please make sure that your soul is better organized than your hair,” he said.

“Please make sure that your soul is healthier than your body, because your duty is to be a soul, and, with that body, allow people to touch the face of God,” Villegas added.

But what kind of helper is needed in the Church?

The Lingayen-Dagupan archbishop has expounded on at least three points: invisible, incarnate, and intimate.

  • Invisible. Do not wait for gratitude and be happy that you are not recognized or appreciated.
  • Incarnate. Give God flesh again and again and allow people to touch Christ by touching you.
  • Intimacy. Be a saint among saints and let your work in the Church sanctify you.

More than 6,500 participants attended the two-day gathering to mark the organization’s 56 years of liturgical service in the Philippine Church.

The MGB draws its charism from Mother Marie Joseph Butler, an Irish nun of the Religious of the Sacred Heart of Mary, whose love for the Eucharist inspired the formation of the group in Manila in 1961.

In 1974, the group’s liturgical ministry spread out nationwide when the late Cardinal Jaime Sin instructed then MBG to bring their ministry to far-flung parishes.

But it was in 1976 when the MBG received its final mandate from the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines to make its liturgical services available to all dioceses across the country.

“You are helpers among helpers, and we are helpers for one another,” Villegas said. CBCPNews