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Offline Busillis

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Charity towards oneself?
« on: February 09, 2012, 04:51:09 PM »
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  • Is this a Catholic teaching: You should practice charity towards yourself. Only then can you practice charity towards others.

    I ask because I have anger issues, and I keep a script that I pull out whenever I feel the anger taking over.

    This is it:
    Hatred/Boredom Reminder

    1. When I'm thinking clearly I'm not bored or full of hatred. An exception may be righteous hatred, but it is difficult sometimes to tell the difference between righteous hatred and sinful hatred. If you're in doubt where the hatred comes from then don't give it the benefit of the doubt. Get up and do some chores or some physical activity to take your mind off it. It says that you should practice charity towards yourself before you are capable of practicing charity towards others. Have some charity towards yourself and get your mind off things that at the moment you are not prepared to handle well.

    I suppose it could be seen as a selfish thing.

    Offline Telesphorus

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    Charity towards oneself?
    « Reply #1 on: February 09, 2012, 06:02:57 PM »
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  • Maybe this quote is helpful:

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    Reply to Objection 1. This objection may be answered in two ways. First, because the precepts of the decalogue can be reduced to the precepts of charity. Now there was need for man to receive a precept about loving God and his neighbor, because in this respect the natural law had become obscured on account of sin: but not about the duty of loving oneself, because in this respect the natural law retained its vigor: or again, because love of oneself is contained in the love of God and of one's neighbor: since true self-love consists in directing oneself to God. And for this reason the decalogue includes those precepts only which refer to our neighbor and to God.


    http://www.newadvent.org/summa/2100.htm


    Offline Capt McQuigg

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    Charity towards oneself?
    « Reply #2 on: February 19, 2012, 08:38:09 PM »
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  • There is a chapter on charity toward oneself in St. Francis de Sales' "Intro to the Devout Life" - which I am currently reading.  As for that chapter, I haven't reached it yet but I am astonished at the clarity and depth of the writing.  BTW, I have the Tan Edition.

     

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