Pilgrims at the shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City, some time in the 1950s.
Paul Almásy, Couple dans un bar Parisien, 1960
"If you could give one piece of advice to a large group of people, what would it be?"
"What’s the hardest part about loving yourself?"
"Self-hatred. Which I have a lot of."
"Why do you hate yourself?"
"It started with an over possessive mother making me feel guilty. Then growing up in Flint, Michigan, I was made to feel guilty for being gay. So it all started with other people making me feel guilty. But then I grew up, and I took over their job for them."
reminder to myself (and to others):
sometimes people need to be met where they’re at and loved just as they are. throw your own feelings out the window and be with them as Jesus would.
Exceeding Joy - Miriam Webster (Hillsong) [ 2002 ]
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detail from Caravaggio’s Saint John in the Wilderness // 1604
the swells of passion