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: iii : i/,:/i:!:'::::,' :- ........ [ I They had the courage and in- to overcome all sorts of obstacles and become a people with a strong sense of identity and purpose. Self-esteem turned the tide of their fortunes. Unhappily, the Israelites' healthy self-esteem often turned to ugly self-assertiveness and selfishness. At such times God had to let them know that this was Unacceptable. dt always is difficult to maintain a'ensible balance. People have a tendency to go to one extreme or the other -- from a lack of self- esteem to overbearing arrogance. Still, though there is always that tension in life, God wants people to value themselves as he values % t Faith Today Supplement, Tim M Catholic Dioce of Evansville, November 27,1987 3 I I I I k ! ' ! I FOOD FOP, THOUGHT II I IIII Our writers suggest that true self.esteem is liberating, that it frees a person to enter into healthy relationships with God, with others or simply with the surrounding world. Why would this be true? Do you think people sometimes attempt to bolster self-esteem through artificial means? Are there ways in which contemporary society encourages them to do this? How would you define "self-esteem"? How is it difl'erent from egotism? Can people who recognize their own needs and imperfections still esteem themselves? Why? Do you think Jesus encourages people to esteem themselves? The development of self-esteem undoubtedly is a con'iplex process. But are there ways a person can help to build up another person's self- esteem? How did Jesus let people know that he valued them highly? them. All through the Bible one meets an impressive concern for human dignity, for respecting the worth of each person. Jesus was remarkable for his constant efforts to give people a sense of value. Characteristically, he reached out to precisely those who had lost, or been oppressed and deprived of, dignity. Jesus reaffirmed the Old Testa- ment injunction: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." This states very clearly that loving oneself first enables one to love others as well. (Father Castelot is a professor of Scripture at St. John's Seminary, Plymouth, Mich.) Second Holpin9s. In the Gospels Jesus meets people as they are and attempts to raise them up. He relates to them in both their spiritual and human dimensions. "He makes people whole by reconciling the two. In other words, he heals," writes Divine Word Missionary Father Martin Padovani in Healing Wounded Emotions. Father Padovani says that being able to love oneself is a basic requirement for loving God and our neighbor, the two great commands that are the cornerstone of Christ's message. "Believing, accepting and trusting God requires believing, accepting and trusting ourselves," Father Padovani adds. He structures his book around two main themes: the need for people to develop a sense of personal worth and their need to be willing to accept personal responsibility for their ac- tions and lives. In connection with these themes, he discusses such emo- tions as anger, guilt, depression, self-criticism and self-love, and how they affect people's lives as Christians. (Twenty-Third Publications, Box 180, Mystic, Conn. 06355. 1987. Paperback, $6.95.) ,XItUSlOlt @)atlazmr .= Mcv, IW. April. 122 Dr, ember. 1932 Nmaab. 198ff Bring home a Catholic tradition with free EXTENSION Magazine [] Please send me a FREE trial subscription to EXTENSION Magazine2 Rev.]Mr./Mrs./Miss/Ms. Address FT 0941 For 80 years, EXTENSION Magazine has been a part of Catholic families. Over the years, the magazine's appear- ance has changed, but its essential message remains the same. EXTENSION tells the story of priests, nuns and lay people struggling to bring the Catho- lic Faith to poor and remote mission areas of the United States. It describes what it means to be amissionary today. To learn how you can be part of the missionary church, send for a free trial sub, scription to EXTENSION MagaZine today. City State Zip The C@tholic Church EXTENSION so,.w 35 EastWackeo E)rlve Chicago, Ilhnois 60(Oq .... ...... 41