Vatican City, Dec 8, 2017 / 04:37 am
On Friday's Feast of the Immaculate Conception, Pope Francis offered his own 'beauty secret' – with Mary as model – saying beauty does not come from age or appearance, but from living a virtuous life rooted in scripture.
The Blessed Virgin Mary, though a simple and humble person, "lived a beautiful life," the Pope said Dec. 8, asking "what was her secret?"
The answer can be found in the story of the Annunciation, he said. "In many paintings, Mary is depicted sitting in front of the angel with a small book. The book is scripture."
"The Word of God was her secret: close to her heart, it then took flesh within her womb. Remaining with God, dialoguing with Him in every circumstance, Mary made her life beautiful."