Fr. Martin Padovani, SVD, assures us that our feelings are a great gift from God, just as our intellect is a gift. Human feelings and intellect are EQUALLY important. Often we don’t know how to deal with our feelings. We need to acknowledge them, name them and learn how to deal with them. Fr. Padovani tells us again and again that feelings are not sins; they are basically good. We often have unnecessary guilt, shame or fear about feelings. We need to give ourselves permission to feel and learn to express them in an appropriate way. Sometimes we were taught that feelings are bad, they are wrong. We need to change that perception.