Often our mistakes, or criticism we have received from loved ones, can lead to a loss of self–esteem. We become distant from others, avoiding affection and fearful in our interpersonal relationships. Blaming others becomes falsely reassuring. We need to learn to pray over our past history, to accept ourselves, to learn how to live with our limitations, and even to forgive ourselves, in order to have this same attitude towards others.
Pope Francis, Amoris Laetitia, 107
Dear Lord, help us to be truly ourselves before you and with those who care about us.
Let us see our limitations as opportunities to turn to you for strength and guidance.
May we enjoy the freedom of knowing we need hide nothing of who we really are in the presence of your love.
Through Christ our Lord.
Taken from – In the Light of the Word. Family / Life through the Lens of Scripture, by Fr. Paul Clayton-Lea.