Envy is a classical deformation of gratitude. According to Thomas Aquinas, it is sorrow for another persons good. Envy often reflects a lack of confidence in our own giftedness and ingratitude for what we have. This clip is from Dr. Christine Pohl’s session on Hindrances to Gratitude in the seminar “Cultivating Community and Worship: Practices that Define and Sustain Us” at the Robert E. Webber Institute for Worship Studies in June of 2016.

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Overview: Gratitude is important to community, but we often encounter its deformations in the forms of entitlement, envy, and grumbling or complaint. These are community killers. Gratitude is undermined in other ways as well, and it is crucial to be intentional about how we can strengthen the individual and corporate practice.

 

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