The Spring 2014 issue of the 12 Step Review newsletter by Father Emmerich Vogt OP just arrived in my mailbox and I had to share it with you all. Be sure to sign up to receive your copy by visiting 12-step-review.org.
This issue focused on “The Proper Love of Self.” How do we differentiate between loving ourselves and being prideful or conceited or selfish? In fact, loving ourselves- in a proper way – is part of the Gospel. “Love your neighbor as yourself.” Luke 10:27. Father Emmerich uses an example of insight given from my patron saint, Catherine of Siena. She says we tend to love other people with the same love we see ourselves loved with.
Where do we first learn how to love? From our parents and family-life growing up. Research has now established a clear link between the breakdown of the family and the major problems plaguing our society. Anything that weakens the family, eventually weakens a free society. Father Emmerich discusses divorce as it relates to childhood depression and chemical abuse.
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