Tag Archives: Henri Nouwen

Touching the Ground

Just before entering on the road of his passion [Jesus] washed the feet of his disciples and offered them his body and blood as food and drink. These two acts belong together. They are both an expression of God’s determination … Continue reading

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Learning to Pray from the Heart

… In a world that victimizes us by its compulsions, we are called to solitude where we can struggle against our anger and greed and let our new self be born in the loving encounter with Jesus Christ. It is … Continue reading

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The Mosaic of Human Existence

Here is a great mystery: “To be chosen does not mean that others are rejected,” Henri Nouwen wrote to a secular Jewish friend. Our preciousness, uniqueness and individuality are not given to us by those who meet us in clock-time … Continue reading

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Prayer and Presence

    Henri Nouwen offers two suggestions for living the life of the beloved: Prayer and Presence   Prayer Prayer becomes more and more a way to listen to the blessing… I realize that, although I have a tendency to … Continue reading

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The Greatest Gift of my Friendship

The greatest gift my friendship can give you is the gift of your Belovedness. I can give that gift only insofar as I have claimed it for myself. Isn’t that what friendship is all about: giving each other the gift … Continue reading

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“Image of the Wounded Healer”

In Henri Nouwen’s fine little book on “ministry,” he writes, “Maybe our fragmented life experiences combined with our sense of urgency do not allow for a ‘handbook for ministers.’ However, in the middle of all fragmentation one image slowly arose … Continue reading

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