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Phillip wrote:

Hi, guys —

I'm working with a counselor to address problems in my marriage. I'm addressing my low self esteem after having severely damaged my marriage. I am attending Mass often (daily when possible), Confession (at least weekly), and praying the Rosary (almost daily). My counselor has suggested using a daily affirmation to enable me to internalize God's forgiveness and his desire for me to do well and that I deserve the good things He has given to me.

  • internalize God's forgiveness,
  • His desire for me to do well, and
  • that I deserve the good things He has given to me.

  • Can you point me to a source of affirmations so I may choose an appropriate one to repeat each day?

Some background information. I am a Roman Catholic who converted from the Anglican Church 17 years ago. I'm a 42-year-old, married man with a 10-year-old daughter.


  { Where can I find affirmations that internalize God's forgiveness and His desire for my well-being? }

Mary Ann replied:

Dear Phillip —

No, because putting God's gifts on a premise of deserving is mistaken, and also puts you in the difficult position of having to perform to earn God's love.

God gives His gifts to the humble and to sinners, and humility and repentance are the keys that unlock God's heart. We must trust ourselves to the mercy of our good God. So I would say simply,

Jesus, I trust in you.

Mary Ann

Mike replied:

Hi, Mary Ann —

I'm not sure I understand your answer.

You said No to him but gave him an affirmation: Jesus, I trust in you.

  • Or was he looking for something else?


Mary Ann replied:

Mike —

Jesus, I trust in thee — isn't an affirmation! It's an act of trust.

He wanted something that said he was good.

Mary Ann

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