The greatest enemy of the spiritual life

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“Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the ‘Beloved.'” ~Henri Nouwen

Self-rejection in the form of self-hatred, abusive self-criticism, and denial of parts of who we are run rampant in our culture. Ironically, this tendency can be even more pronounced in religious circles.

And yet, all of this self-rejection gets in the way of a healthy and flourishing spiritual life because it denies the foundation of our identity in the eyes of the Divine who calls us “Beloved.”

We cannot accept the reality of this belovedness when we are rejecting and hating the self that is beloved.

It is only in accepting all that we are—the parts we like as well as those that we are less fond of—that we are able to open fully to the One who calls us “Beloved.” Only then will our spiritual life be out of contradiction who it can thrive.


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