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  • is the felt presence of God, an experience of God’s love for us
  • deepens faith in God’s unconditional love
  • proclaims our basic goodness
  • reduces desire for human approval
  • provides true security
  • heals the lack of affirmation in early childhood

Affirmation may also be called “spiritual consolation” or “activation of the supernatural organism”, * as described by St. Thomas Aquinas.

  • FG: 20, 108
  • IG: 75
  • MC: 42

The affirmation of spiritual consolations and periods of peace are a kind of transference with God. God often reflects back the acceptance and affirmation that our parents may have denied us in early childhood because of their own wounds from early life.

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Affirmation is anchored in the Fruits and Gifts of the Spirit. There is no greater affirmation of our goodness than to be affirmed by the immense love of the Divine Presence. The awareness of God’s affirmation is true security, freedom and independence. Desire for human approval diminishes as the experience of being loved by God grows.

Everyone needs a measure of acceptance and affirmation. If true needs are denied in the path from infancy to adulthood, one seeks compensation for real or imagined deprivations. The greater the deprivation, the greater the drive for compensation.

Affirmation is also the deepening of faith in God’s abiding presence. Periods of peace and spiritual consolation lead to a kind of transference with God. God reflects back the acceptance that our parents may have denied us due to their own emotional wounds.

Centering Prayer affirms our basic goodness.


 Reflection: Listening

The experience of the loving presence of God is the greatest affirmation there is. God’s affirmation diminishes the desire for human approval.

Reflection: Reflecting

Do you seek human approval? What is your true security? What does God’s affirmation feel like?

Reflection: Responding

Accept your basic goodness as God’s special gift to you. Learn to sense God’s presence.