*This article originally appeared on VirginiaLieto.com here.
There’s a lot of mercy talk these days in the Church. Why? Because it’s the time of mercy!
The Church recently celebrated Divine Mercy Sunday. If you’re not familiar with this message and devotion, take a moment to learn a little more here.
We should strive to show mercy to everyone we meet. Mercy is a great virtue, no doubt. But today I want to ask you, how often do you show mercy to yourself?
Are you your own worst critic? Are you hyperaware of your faults and not sure how to actually improve? Do you ever beat yourself up at the end of the day for not doing a better job at keeping it all together?
I’ve been working on kicking these bad attitudes for a while now, with great success. How? Divine Mercy!
3 Steps to Mercy for You
Here are 3 steps you can take today to help you start showing mercy to you:
1. Participate in the Sacraments Frequently
I’m not saying you should get married frequently, nor do you want to take a “collect ‘em all” mentality and start preparing for your last rites, but frequent Confession and receipt of Holy Communion are beautiful ways to stay close to Christ. Mercy is waiting for you in the confessional! Mercy is waiting for you on the altar at Mass daily! Show up. You deserve mercy!
2. Educate Yourself
Pick up a copy of the Catechism. Bring questions to a priest. Read the Bible. Study up on Divine Mercy. Learn the works of mercy. It’s actually an act of mercy to instruct the ignorant, and we’re all ignorant of many things. Learn all you can to strengthen your relationship with Christ!
3. Forgive Yourself
You’re going to fall short. Every day you’re going to fall short of the person you want to be, and the person God is calling you to be. Pick yourself up. Forgive yourself. We talk a lot about forgiving others, but it’s so important to forgive ourselves. Would you forgive a friend if she apologized to you? Well you can be that friend who just apologized to you. Having a healthy relationship with yourself is vital to having a healthy relationship with others, Christ included!
So, take some time today to show mercy to you, because you’re worth it. Jesus died for you!
P.S. God is Merciful & He loves you… Pass it on!