Beauty fades but good character remains

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The Divine Mercy Gaudette Choir led by Father Joel de los Reyes sings during the Divine Mercy-St. John Paul II Chapel Fundraising Gala which was held Saturday, March 25, 20167 at the Hyatt Regency Guam. (Photo provided by Astumbo Catholic Family Mission (ACFM))

By Father Joel de los Reyes
Divine Mercy Moments

Some people, especially the young are excited that time is fast. For others, their geriatric process is wearisome and catching up quite fast. To think that age is only a matter of the mind and if you don’t mind, it doesn’t really matter seems a tasteful menu to pacify one’s uneasy emotion.

Did I read the famous Victor Hugo say that if you are 50 you are young? But if you are 40 you are old? For if you are 40, you’re in the old age of your youth. If you are 50, you’re in the youth of your old age. Whichever side of life’s pendulum you swing, the fact is that time is fleeting and haling.

Did you meet a friend, a classmate, an officemate or a college professor recently after a long period of absence? Did you notice the difference in physical appearance then and now, touched by the hand of time? The once boyish and girlish look isn’t there anymore but wrinkles, sagging skin and thinning hairlines.

The beauty that was once the object of admiration and envy is now a thing of the past confined just in memory? Such is life and as the Psalmist says, “Man is like a breath; his days like a passing shadow.”

The old dictum tells us that, “Growing old is inevitable, but growing up is optional.” How true this is, because physical beauty fades but good moral character remains undaunted by the passing of time. It is like a house built on solid foundation, much like a priceless gem and a timeless beauty. To engage in character-building is to secure a profitable investment in human relationships, for it espouses honor and respect. A good and humble person will be loved more than a giver of gifts”.  (Sirach 3:17)

On the flip side, it’s only in giving are you able to receive more that you already have. Mother Teresa once said, “Not all of us can do great things but we can do small things with great love.”

Sometimes, it’s not the song that makes you emotional but the people, events and things that you remember when you hear it. What sacrifices are you making this Lent? Stay away from anger for it only hurts you. If you are right, then there is no need to get angry, and if you are wrong, then you don’t have any right to get angry.

Even when times are bad, God is always good and merciful. Those who sincerely say “Jesus, I trust in You will find comfort in their anxieties and fears.” (St. John Paul 11). “Lent is a privileged time of interior pilgrimage towards Him who is the Fount of Mercy”. (Pope Benedict XVI). God loves both the faithful and the wayward, and he never takes his eyes off those who have run away.  Do good for others for it will come back to you in unexpected ways.  Amen on that folks!           

In her Diary no. 1578, St. Faustina wrote Jesus’ words, “The graces of my mercy are drawn by means of one vessel only, and that is Trust.”

Pray the 3 p.m. Divine Mercy prayer and Chaplet of Mercy every day for peace in the world.

Please help us build the Divine Mercy-St. John Paul II Chapel project in Astumbo, Dededo with your generous financial assistance. Please call Fr. Dan Bien at 632-5659, Carmen Kasperbauer at 632-0431, or me, Fr. Joel G. de los Reyes at 483-9464. Thank you.