World's Most Beautiful People
People magazine has published the "The World's Most Beautiful People" issue again this year. As Steve Doocy from Fox and Friends said "Really? Did they go to the bouroughs of the Netherlands to look?". No, they just take popular culture and decide who is most beautiful.
Topping the list is Angelina Jolie and the father of her child, Brad Pitt is not far behind. Really? This is the woman who has kept the blood of her current man around her neck, steals other women's husbands, gets pregnant by them and then travels to remote villages with her "family" in tow trying to look like Audrey Hepburn(ok, I'm not on board with UNICEF, but AH isn't a wack-job homewrecker either)?
I watch the 7pm news "magazines" and almost yack at their self-important pandering. Ugh. Those "reporters" fall all over themselves for the likes of these "beautiful people".
So, instead of griping and not doing anything about it, I've come up with my own "World's Most Beautiful People". Jesus and Mary are exempt because they have the "duh" factor. As in "Duh, they are our ideal". So here goes:
1. Pope John Paul II
Is it not obvious?
2. Fr Michael Scanlan
A man who said "Yes, Lord" so often, that now we have a Catholic University rooted in "dynamic orthodoxy". He also has toured the world spreading the Gospel, teaching and witnessing to the power of the Charismatic Renewal in the Church, praying over people-He has changed the lives of millions, either directly or because someone like me was influenced by him. All because he said "Yes, Lord". Gives you pause to consider your own response to the Lord, doesn't it?
3. Laure Krupp
In my day, the Queen of NET Ministries. When I was on NET she was the head supervisor-and no body had wisdom like that woman. She was well acquainted with pain and sorrow in her life and yet God used her dramatically in the lives of hundreds of "Netters". She took very little BS and had one of the best laughs ever.
4. St Therese of the Little Flower
Again. Need I explain? Talk about beauty outward and inward. Making little sacrifices throughout the day makes a soul beautiful. Especially since no one knew about it as she was doing it.
5. St Francis of Assisi/Pier Giorgio Frassatti
The man who hugged a leper. Who does that? The man who gave up his riches and family fame and fortune to embrace poverty. Who does that? The man who opted to bear the wounds of Christ and rejoiced to be worthy of such agony. Who does that? Hollywood? I hear crickets...
And Pior Giorgio? Holyhotness, batgirl! Have you seen him? Ok, that he's pleasant to look at aside, here is what John Paul II said at his tomb: "He repeats that it is really worth giving up everything to serve the Lord. He testifies that holiness is possible for everyone, and that only the revolution of charity can enkindle the hope of a better future in the hearts of people. " That, my friends, is beautiful in anyone.
6. Southie Kids
If ever anyone knew they needed God, it was the Southie Kids. What trials and difficulties they face. Yet those same kids came each week to minister to the elderly and feed the homeless. They are survivors.
7. Grace and Gabriel Michael (that kid had only one option for a Confirmation name: Raphael). My niece and nephew. Grace is strong willed and sensitive but she is the best friend to her friends. She asks kids if they want to play with her and makes sure that her friends get to have fun. Gabriel Michael is an 18month old flirt. Those big eyes and round cheeks with the long fluttering eye lashes and the big ol' goofy grin-how do you resist that?
8. Viggo Mortenson
Hello?! Aragorn? And have you seen his art? Holy moses.)
9. Every Secretary I've Ever Had. Those poor women. To put up with me is endurance that forms the soul.
10. The Women of the House of the Beloved
One is in Ireland serving with Kerygma Teams (and former Director of Student Life), one is the mother of 3 active and lovely children, another finally a mom after much suffering, another having lived through a debilitating illness has been the joy and laughter of our time together-so many others, beautiful women who I had the privilege of knowing, fighting with, loving, being loved by and growing closer to Jesus because of.
These are more beautiful than any Hollywood or American Idol star or starlet could ever be. And I hope to be as beautiful as them.
Forgot to ask:
WHO WOULD YOU ADD?