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When you say to someone, "You are beautiful," you invoke grace and affirm her eternal nature.

 
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John O'Donohue is an Irish poet and Catholic scholar. He was awarded a Ph.D. in philosophical theology from the University of Tubingen. His book on the philosophy of Hegel, "Person als Vermittlung," was published in Germany in 1993. His other works include "Anam Cara," "Air: Breath of God," "Stone as the Tabernacle of Memory," "Water: The Tears of the Earth," and "Echoes of Memory" – a book of poems.
 
 
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    Excerpted from "Anam Cara"
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