Page 9, 12th March 1976

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Page 9, 12th March 1976 — We should pray for doubt, not faith

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We should pray for doubt, not faith


Prospects for the Soul: Soundings in Jungian Psychology and Religion by Vera von der Heydt (Darton, Longman and Todd f2) This book of essays is written by a woman who is both a practising Catholic and a Jungian analyst. Insights derived from her understanding of herself and others are pondered within the context of a living Catholic faith. The resultant hook is of real value to all Catholics who desire to grow in their life with God and with men.

Fr Victor White, a Dominican, did much to introduce the work of Jung to Catholics in this country. Many Catholics have been helped by Vera von der Heydt and other analysts to learn to face themselves more honestly, know themselves more deeply, and accept their own feelings and weaknesses.

Vera von der Heydt explains very well the difference between self-revelation to an analyst and the Sacrament of Confession. The confessions which the analyst seeks to hear arc not our conscious transgressions of the law of God but the secrets we keep even from ourselves.

"When we begin to have secrets from ourselves by repressing everything we believe to he unacceptable, we are in danger of partially destroying ourselves."

There is much wisdom in this hook. I liked especially the

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