Have you broken those Lenten sacrifices yet, been irritable, whiny, accusatory, and all the other things most of us do?
We sometimes tend to be hard on ourselves, feel too guilty, ruminate over imperfections, and generally feel we are not good enough human beings; especially during Lent! Allowing these tendencies to overcome us is a good way of heading towards depression and/or anxiety, which in turn increases the intensity of the other mental health problems we may be struggling with– obsessive-compulsive behavior for example.
Resting in the thought that God is patient with us is a good way to reduce these self-defeating thoughts. Be gentle with yourself. The good Saint says so:
“Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set out to remedying them – every day begin the task anew.” — St. Francis de Sales (1567 – 1622)
Picture is my own. This post is a revised one from a previous post.