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52 Dresses: The Heart of A Woman as Seen by God Ch 27 – A Dress of Smiles - Regnum Christi

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52 Dresses: The Heart of A Woman as Seen by God Ch 27 – A Dress of Smiles


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“Then our mouths were filled with laughter; our tongues sang for joy.” (Psalm 126.2)

REFLECTION

Live life with a blessed smile

Have you ever wondered who taught you to smile? In what moment did you smile for the first time? We were born crying, nobody had to teach us. But to smile, yes, we need a teacher. Each of our mothers became a mirror in which we learned to imitate her through gestures and expressions.

When we were babies, we awoke to an awareness of ourselves when we felt the call we received from our mother’s love. The interpretation of a mother’s smile and affection generates a response of love to love. The mother brings forth this reaction when the baby realizes that there is an “other” that exists outside of him or her, and that is love. Feeling the unconditional love of a mother, a baby begins to imitate her with the security of one who feels loved and protected.

Why does the time of our early childhood appear so sweet and luminous to us now? In reality the life of a baby also contains pain, and they find themselves vulnerable to sorrow, hunger and disease. Curiously, in his helplessness the baby humbly obtains the source of his joy. He instinctively takes refuge in his mother. All his present, his past, and his future are contained in a gaze, and this gaze is a smile. Because of this, maternal love, tender and sweet, is the model of all other loves.

This is why wearing a dress of smiles means going back to your childhood, recognizing that you are in need of a safe, soft, tender, welcoming, full gaze that cares for you and teaches you. That is the gaze of God, who is Father, but also Mother.

Many times we find it hard to smile because the pains of this life, the crosses, and our own limitations weigh us down and blind us to the reality of a God who looks at us, who smiles when he sees us and who invites us to continue smiling, to imitate the smile with which he accompanies us throughout each day.

Do you find that you don’t smile very much? Look at God. Does your life weigh you down? Look at God. Are you afraid of failing? Look at God. Are you tired and unable to find meaning in life? Allow God to look at you so that in a dress of smiles you imitate his gaze and the ecstasy of his love for you, for your soul, for your life.

This dress will make you into a young girl. It will give you the gift of many memories and you will feel protected by that smile that tells you: “look at me, imitate me, do not be afraid. I am here, nothing can happen to you. Your world is my world, my love watches over you, prays for you, sighs for you.”

Dressed in this way, you will also remember your mission to be a smile to the world so that when you walk through the streets of life, you change this world into an Eden. When God created woman, the garden became paradise, because only with the presence of woman could the smile of the human creature made in the image of God shine.

You have the task, you who read this, to be a mirror of God for the world, a smile of heaven, joyful hope, and complete security. But you will only achieve this when your face wears that divine smile that wants to leave traces of deep love in each chapter of your life.

And when it costs you to smile, invoke Mary, our sweet and tender mother who always protects us with her gaze and smile. She is always dressed in a smile and with her presence she whispers in your ear: “Am I not here who am your mother? With me by your side you can always smile. Look at me and imitate my smile. “

TEXT FOR MEDITATION

“And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.  For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness; behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.

The Mighty One has done great things for me, and holy is his name.'” (Luke 1: 47-49)

JOURNEY / CHALLENGE

For a week, start the day in prayer to become aware of the smile with which God and Mary look at you every morning. Replicate this blessed smile, especially in difficult times and write the fruits of this dress of smiles in your diary.

PRAYER

I WILL SEEK YOUR FACE

In my solitude, although it hurts, I will seek it.
In my joy, that it be true, I will seek it.

In my youth, that I be pure, I will seek it.
In my maturity, that I be fulfilled, I will seek it.
In my old age, that I be a companion, I will seek it.

In my brother, that he be mine, I will seek it.
In myself, that I be yours, I will seek it.

In fear, that I be strong, I will seek it.
In my wounds, that they be clean, I will seek it.
In my illness, that it be an education, I will seek it.

In my prayer, that it be deep, I will seek it.

Yes, I will seek, Lord, every day
your smile, that it be my joy;
your eyes, that they be my gaze;
your ears, that they be my song;
your mouth, that it be my word;
your face, in the end, that it be
my light and my salvation.

Extract taken from the book  Jesús a mi alma  by Fr. Guillermo Serra, LC.

Past chapters of   52 Dresses: The Heart of a Woman as Seen by God  are available in Spanish on my YouTube channel , and in English on the  RC Live  blog.  I welcome your comments  below.

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Alex Kucera

Atlanta

Alex Kucera has lived in Atlanta, GA, for the last 46 years. He is one of 9 children, married to his wife Karmen, and has 3 girls, one grandson, and a granddaughter on the way. Alex joined Regnum Christi in 2007. Out of the gate, he joined the Helping Hands Medical Missions apostolate and is still participating today with the Ghana Friendship Mission.

In 2009, Alex was asked to be the Atlanta RC Renewal Coordinator for the Atlanta Locality to help the RC members with the RC renewal process. Alex became a Group Leader in 2012 for four of the Atlanta Men’s Section Teams and continues today. Running in parallel, in 2013, Alex became a Team Leader and shepherded a large team of good men.

Alex was honored to be the Atlanta Mission Coordinator between 2010 to 2022 (12 years), coordinating 5-8 Holy Week Mission teams across Georgia. He also created and coordinated missions at a parish in Athens, GA, for 9 years. Alex continues to coordinate Holy Week Missions, Advent Missions, and Monthly missions at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Cumming, GA.

From 2016 to 2022, Alex also served as the Men’s Section Assistant in Atlanta. He loved working with the Men’s Section Director, the Legionaries, Consecrated, and Women’s Section leadership teams.

Alex is exceptionally grateful to the Legionaries, Consecrated, and many RC members who he’s journeyed shoulder to shoulder, growing his relationship with Christ and others along the way. He knows that there is only one way, that’s Christ’s Way, with others!