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The Good News About Human Psychology According to Anthony de Mello, S.J.

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Our inability to be present hampers our communication with God.

   Awareness helps bring us into the present.

   You can enjoy something only in the present.

Awareness brings change. For the better.

You are under compulsion when you cannot do something. [TJF Aug. 2012: e.g., when we cannot experience awareness in the present.]

Fantasy is a powerful tool for changing people. [TJF Aug. 2012: Making a retreat following the Spiritual Exercises of Ignatius Loyola requires each person on retreat to use fantasy to actively imagine certain scenes, usually scenes based on biblical passages.]

Feelings change people. Change your feelings and you change.

Fantasy is a means of changing feelings.

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Jesus Christ would not be respectable in any society, says Tony de Mello.

Most of the problems people have arise from their feeling not loved, although they may actually be loved.

July 15, 1980

Service love = being of service to others.

Intimacy love = attachment; mutual dependence; open hearted.

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Love of surrender = letting go to the will of the Father.

Celibacy is aloneness, not loneliness.

July 16, 1980

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Thomas James Farrell is professor emeritus of writing studies at the University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD). He started teaching at UMD in Fall 1987, and he retired from UMD at the end of May 2009. He was born in 1944. He holds three degrees from Saint Louis University (SLU): B.A. in English, 1966; M.A.(T) in English 1968; Ph.D.in higher education, 1974. On May 16, 1969, the editors of the SLU student newspaper named him Man of the Year, an honor customarily conferred on an administrator or a faculty member, not on a graduate student -- nor on a woman up to that time. He is the proud author of the book (more...)
 

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