Give Up Being Tough on Yourself

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In this week’s video, I respond to comments inspired by last week’s video: Sin, O Happy Fault. Try giving up being tough on yourself, and instead concentrate on accepting God’s love in your life.

Visit the Ignatian Prayer Adventure page for links to the fourth week’s prayers and exercises. We’re moving into the Second Week of the Spiritual Exercises and begin by contemplating the Incarnation.

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Paul Brian Campbell, SJ
Paul Brian Campbell, SJ, is a Jesuit priest and associate pastor at Holy Trinity Parish in Washington, DC. Previously the Publisher at Loyola Press, Father Paul continues his dedication to encouraging others to work together and find God in all things.


  1. I’m finding that prayer provides relief from the brow beatings I continuously inflict on myself and sometimes others. I become my own judge, and a harsh one. I make a lousy “god”. I hope that I can bring my “prayerfulness” to myself and others in daily living. Help me, Lord Jesus.

  2. Dear Father Paul. I really needed to hear this today (thank you God). I actually promised this to myself last might in asking myself what to give up and do more of this lent and asked the Holy Spirit to guide me. I have always believed that God will certainly forgive the sins of others but within me I never feel worthy of forgiveness as I am constantly aware of my sin and because of this I despair that I will never ever be asked to come through the narrow gate. To hear you say that God is not angry is something I really needed to hear today as I am my own worst critic. God bless.


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