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Michael Ford, in his biography on Henri Nouwen, tells how brutally honest Nouwen was emotionally. Sometimes when loneliness, depression and chaos threatened to overwhelm him, Nouwen would go to a friend's house and ask that friend to hold him while he cried.
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Interesting how a different perspective can change the way things look. Globalization means one thing in the Western world, something else in most other parts of the globe. Recently I attended a Church conference on globalization in South Africa where a number of young African theologians made presentations. They do not view globalization nearly as positively as do most of us in the West.
In 1987 an American educator, Allan Bloom, wrote a book entitled, The Closing of the American Mind. Its thesis is contained in its title. The book contends that today, in the Western world, we are becoming ever more shallow of soul, narrow of mind and limited in horizon. Many analysts would concur with that.
There is a story told, a legend perhaps, about St. Teresa of Avila. One day the devil appeared to her, disguised as Christ. Teresa wasn't fooled for a second. She immediately dismissed him.