Love your neighbor as yourself. But what if you don’t even love yourself?
Happiness or love of self will happen when we can enter into a right relationship with God and follow his commands, the first of which is to love others as he loved us. We will be blessed and also feel good about ourselves when we reach out to others, particularly those who are in need.
It is hard to choose to love. To choose to love will mean to choose Christ and accept the hardships that come into our lives, but it will also provide God’s grace to carry us through. To choose to love can lead us to live a life rich in self-satisfaction and generosity that translate into advocacy or actions for the good. Jesus' words demand a lot of us. To choose to love will also teach us how to love ourselves more.
Have you or a member of your family ever experienced this? Was there a time when you thought you were helping someone else yet you were the one who ended up receiving a gift of healing?
Father Leo Polselli, C.S.C. is Chaplain at the Father Peyton Center in Easton, MA. Before coming to Holy Cross Family Ministries he served as a teacher and a parish priest. He also served for six years as a General Assistant of the Congregation in Rome, Italy. Originally from Fall River, MA, Father Leo grew up with eight siblings. Gifted with several languages, he is able to serve the Brazilian, Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Spanish and Haitian communities. When he's not greeting everyone who comes to the Father Peyton Center, you can find him regularly reading newspapers!