Fr. Martin Padovani states that we all have basic needs. Sometimes we don’t recognize the needs we and others have. One is the need for affirmation.  We need to hear the thanks, the praise for what we have done. Then we, in turn, acknowledge that the gifts we have and what we have accomplished comes from God. We give praise and gratitude to God for all of them.
That doesn’t relieve us of the duty to praise, thank and affirm others. God wants us to do this. These are the hidden healing powers in our relationships .
At the same time, we also need self-affirmation, again acknowledging that all comes from God.

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