Henri Nouwen And The Trap Of Self-Rejection

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Henri Nouwen – who, along with Thomas Merton, helped to develop what some have called a theology of the heart – reminds us that it’s not only life’s most obvious traps that can lead us astray. Certainly, any unbridled, unbalanced pursuit of money, power, or fame can all too easily trigger soul-crushing and even devastating physical consequences.
But, at the root of it all, there is another powerful source of conflict – a dark side, if you will – residing within many of us that can paralyze and perhaps even destroy us.
Here’s Henri Nouwen:
Over the years, I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity, or power, but self-rejection.
Success, popularity, and power can indeed present a great temptation, but their seductive quality often comes from the way they are part of the much larger temptation to self-rejection

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Tom Zampino is an attorney in private practice in New York City who makes his home on Long Island. He and his beautiful and accomplished wife have raised two fantastic daughters, four cats, two dogs, and various other domesticated creatures over the past three decades. He formerly blogged at the Catholic Channel at Patheos.

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