Sometimes, the hardest thing to do is look in the mirror. It’s the one place where you cannot escape the truth for each time you meet your own gaze, you come face-to-face with your own soul. You know who you are, what you’ve been through, and where you’ve been. No one can fully know what your life has been like except you and God. Next time you look in the mirror, ask yourself if you’ve accepted yourself on every level. If you haven’t, what is it that you are refusing to accept? Have you accepted yourself as a divorced person? Have you accepted the fact that you cannot control the thoughts, words, or actions of those who have hurt you? Have you accepted the fact that from now on, life will be different even though it’s not what you wanted? Have you accepted the role you played in your divorce?
Acceptance is the first critical step toward healing and if you feel you need to work on this, I encourage you to do so, especially as we move into the Advent season. Acceptance = internal peace, and what a perfect time to begin finding that peace… when the Church has us focused on the life of the Blessed Mother and the approaching birth of Christ. If you are able to set aside the time and if you are within distance of an Adoration chapel, make a resolution to spend one hour in Eucharistic Adoration each week in December, working on acceptance and asking God for the graces you need. This will be the start of something great for you!
And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
– Phillipians 4:7
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