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Embracing Desire

by Louis Roy

Imprint: Wipf and Stock

116 Pages, 5.50 x 8.50 x 0.23 in

  • Paperback
  • 9781532683848
  • Published: July 2019

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  • 9781532683855
  • Published: July 2019

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  • 9781532683862
  • Published: July 2019

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In this book, Louis Roy criticizes two different attitudes concerning our desires: either we are wary of our desires because of their potentially negative effects, or we try to satisfy as many of them as we can. Both attitudes focus on desires without examining the issue of desire. The solution is neither to suspect nor to multiply our various desires, but rather to intensify desire. Once desire has intensified, we can accept our desires and identify some of them as priorities for us to fulfill. We will then proceed not only with motivation but also with detachment, and therein lies the key to happiness. Any human being wishes to be granted personal value as a unique individual worthy of respect. And we long to be desired by the person or persons we desire. Moreover, because of our infinitude, we are able to wonder if an infinite being, whom we respect without reserve, can find us desirable. The author explores this basic concern and describes the relationship of mutual desire between Jesus and his first disciples. Thus, this book will appeal to educated readers interested in spirituality, psychology, literature, catechesis, and pastoral ministry.
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