"I had had visions of swags of cranberry and popcorn, evergreen garlands draped from the mantle, a nativity scene swaddled in, yes, that stubborn, stapled-to-wood burlap bag.
A Better-Homes-and-Gardens Christmas with some Martha Stewart crafts and Focus on the Family Advent readings. A beautiful Christmas.
But is that true beauty?
True Beauty bears wounds. True Beauty is broken for its Beloved. True Beauty may have no beauty or majesty to attract us, nothing in its appearance that we should desire.
True Beauty may be despised and rejected by men."
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(excerpt from A Holy Experience)