Pause + Pray

Compassion Starts With Me

Reflect

We are often our own worst critics, failing to extend compassion to ourselves when we would easily do so for a loved one. Use this prayer to find your center within God’s compassionate embrace.


Pray

God of mercy,
I feel so self-critical;
I never seem
to do enough,

or be enough,
to satisfy myself.
Sometimes it is easier
to have compassion

on everyone else.
Today I ask for the grace
to accept myself
as simply a little child
in need of love.
Amen.


Act

Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Tenderly speak the words you need to hear to yourself, the way you would speak them to a friend.


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