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January 12, 2017

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Florian Berndt

YES!!! What a great article. I was just this morning talking to my wife about this very same issue. Just read an article on the growing trend of narcissistic tendencies in the workplace and where it comes from. This phenonemon can become so exaggerated and the ego so inflated, that one conceives True Love as a threat to one's very existence. Made me think of the many passages that speak of the Consuming Fire of Divine Love.

It also seems to me that this is the major problem with our superficial pop-spiritualities, that are not grounded in a relational model of reality. Often this can be due to the religious surpression of one's personality and the the lack of a healthy sense of self. Yet, as the article so wonderfully describes, feeding into our ego when only furhter alienate us and create more shame.

And it is here where I think a Trinitarian understanding of reality can help to lay a foundation of healthy self-awarenss, coupled with the joy of surrendering this very same self in love to Another, and thus to other's. Without this, I wonder how one can really effectively convey the Gospel in our generation. But then again, the early church seems to have been already very much aware of this as well...

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