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Inside the "Me" Vortex

Sr. Anne Marie Walsh writes an excellent piece.

Sometime ago, a woman named Nadine Schweigert (ND) married herself in a commitment ceremony where she exchanged rings with her “inner groom.” There was an actual gathering of family and friends who were encouraged to “blow kisses to the world.” One can imagine the theme song of her wedding with a slight variation: “Nobody Loves Me Like I Do.” Schweigert had been through a painful divorce in which her two children opted to live with her ex-husband. She drank, smoked and was 50 pounds overweight, according to her own testimony. At the suggestion of a friend, she married herself, and now feels “happy, joyous, empowered.” She says she has come a long way from where she was. She now takes herself on dates, in order “to invest in this relationship.” We might ask what is going on here. Is it pure narcissism? Or is something else at work?
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