“Allow yourself to be loved! This is crucial, because the soul cannot live without love. The soul always wants to love something, because love is the stuff she’s made of, and through love God has created her.”
(St. Elizabeth of the Trinity and St. Catherine of Siena)
There are many challenges to authentic love, but in this post I want to focus on just one—and the one that’s often the most difficult.
Self-Love. (But not in a narcissistic way.)
Love of self can be a unique challenge, particularly if you're experiencing trauma from intimate partner violence. When your sense of self has been covered by insults and demeaning comments, how can you begin to love -- and trust -- yourself again?
I'm Jenny duBay, a domestic abuse survivor and now advocate. My degree is in Christian theology with a concentration on spiritual direction, and my vocational emphasis is on helping those who have suffered from domestic abuse to heal and reclaim their true selves.