Self-compassion begins with self-election. Only you can choose to "care enough to send the very best" back to the one in the mirror. To do otherwise is to say to Creation, "No, thank you. Unlike the rest of creation, I am an error."
When you read the complete stories of the lives of these saints and shift your focus from the gruesome details of their martyrdoms and extreme ascetical practices, you might meet people who can teach you about being who you are.
Sarah Palin and Marilyn Monroe in the same breath? Huh? I can understand that people might associate Palin with something Hollywoodish, but the Hollywood character that Sarah Palin brings to mind is not Monroe.
A 12-year-old girl was arrested for selling crack. Where's the outrage? Should her arrest become par for the course, we are all in trouble. There are not enough jails to house a generation of kids who turn to a life of crime before they reach puberty.
If Catholics wish to celebrate Mother Teresa's life in a reverent way, let them donate the costs of this vulgar and faintly punitive birthday celebration to an agency that offers single, poor women housing and support while pregnant.