These are our core beliefs. As Pope Francis says, Our surname is God! When we accept the truth about ourselves then we can accept ourselves, and when we accept ourselves just as we are, then we can esteem the person God has made us. Self-esteem is a basic human need and essential for full growth in the spiritual life.
St Pope John Paul II says, “Those who wish to understand themselves thoroughly…must with all their unrest, uncertainty and even their weakness and sinfulness, with their life and death, draw near to Christ. They must, so to speak, enter into him with their own self, they must ‘appropriate’ and assimilate the whole reality of the Incarnation and the Redemption in order to find themselves. If this profound process takes place within them, they then bear fruit not only in adoration of God but also of deep wonder at themselves. In reality, the name for that deep amazement at human worth and dignity is the Gospel, that is to say: the Good News. It is also called Christianity. This amazement determines the Church’s mission in the world and, perhaps even more so “in the modern world”.
It is good news indeed that we don’t have to remain stuck in negative patterns of thinking, but can actually change our outlook on ourselves and others.