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By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

I am learning that the best cure for hypocrisy is community. Hypocrisy is not so much the result of not living what I preach but much more of not confessing my inability to fully live up to my own words.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

The joy that compassion brings is one of the best-kept secrets of humanity. It is a secret known only to a very few people, a secret that has to be rediscovered over and over again.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Every time I take a step in the direction of generosity, I know I am moving from fear to love.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Waiting is a dry desert between where we are and where we want to be. (Finding My Way Home)

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Theological formation is the gradual and often painful discovery of God's incomprehensibility. You can be competent in many things, but you cannot be competent in God.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Home is the center of my being where I can hear the voice that says: 'You are my Beloved, on you my favor rests' - the same voice that gave life to the first Adam and spoke to Jesus, the second Adam; the same voice that speaks to all the children of God and sets them free to live in the midst of a dark world while remaining in the light.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

I always try to turn my personal struggles into something helpful for others.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Our humanity comes to its fullest bloom in giving. We become beautiful people when we give whatever we can give: a smile, a handshake, a kiss, an embrace, a word of love, a present, a part of our life...all of our life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

The Christian leaders of the future have to be theologians, persons who know the heart of God and are trained - through prayer, study, and careful analysis - to manifest the divine event of God's saving work in the midst of the many seemingly random events of their time.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

There are areas I have to work on. I had some questions and some struggles, but it was an enormously important time for me.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Prayer requires that we stand in God's presence with open hands, naked and vulnerable, proclaiming to ourselves and to others that without God we can do nothing. As disciples, we find not some but all of our strength, hope, courage, and confidence in God. Therefore, prayer must be our first concern.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

A life without a lonely place, that is, without a quiet center, becomes destructive.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Simply being with someone is difficult because it asks of us that we share in the other's vulnerability, enter with him or her into the experience of weakness and powerlessness, become part of the uncertainty, and give up control and self-determination.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

I wrote to my bishop, the Archbishop of Utrecht, Holland, and explained that I wanted not just permission to stay longer, but a mission. He met me at the Trosly L'Arche community and we spent a few days together . . . I wanted him to get to know L'Arche, to understand what I was doing there. Afterward he said, "I understand now, Henri. You have found a home for your self.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

In solitude we become aware that our worth is not the same as our usefulness.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the Beloved.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

The real enemies of our life are the 'oughts' and the 'ifs.' They pull us backward into the unalterable past and forward into the unpredictable future. But real life takes place in the here and now.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

The deepest satisfaction of writing is precisely that it opens up new spaces within us of which we were not aware before we started to write. To write is to embark on a journey whose final destination we do not know.

By Anonym 16 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Every time we make the decision to love someone, we open ourselves to great suffering, because those we most love cause us not only great joy but also great pain. The greatest pain comes from leaving. When the child leaves home, when the husband or wife leaves for a long period of time or for good, when the beloved friend departs to another country or dies … the pain of the leaving can tear us apart. Still, if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

I trust in you, Lord, but keep helping me in my moments of distrust and doubt.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

It is in solitude that we discover that being is more important than having and that we are worth more than the results of our efforts. In solitude we discover that our life is not a possession to be defended but a gift to be shared.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Gratitude flows from the recognition that who we are and what we have are gifts to be received and shared.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

If you believe you are the beloved of God, you need to spend time listening to his voice - period! You can't say, "Yes God calls me the beloved, but I have to go out to do something now.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Writing is not just a job. It helps me to pray. It's a way of being.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

The Church is the body of Christ fashioned by baptism & the Eucharist.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with him and him alone. Only in the context of grace can we face our sin; only in the place of healing do we dare to show our wounds; only with a singleminded attention to Christ can we give up our clinging fears and face our own true nature.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

So I am praying while not knowing how to pray. I am resting while feeling restless, at peace while tempted, safe while still anxious, surrounded by a cloud of light while still in darkness, in love while still doubting.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

The Lord is coming, always coming. When you have ears to hear and eyes to see, you will recognize him at any moment of your life. Life is Advent; life is recognizing the coming of the Lord

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

In our production-oriented society, being busy, having an occupation, has become one of the main ways, if not the main way, of identifying ourselves. Without an occupation, not just our economic security but our very identity is endangered.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

The great call for the Church is to not just be concerned about right or wrong behavior, which is moral life, but about communion with God, which is mystical life.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

...marriage is foremost a vocation. Two people are called together to fulfill a mission that God has given them. Marriage is a spiritual reality. That is to say, a man and a woman come together for life, not just because they experience deep love for each other, but because they believe that God loves each of them with an infinite love and has called them to each other to be living witnesses of that love. To love is to embody God's infinite love in a faithful communion with another human being.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Prayer is the beginning and the end, the source and the fruit, the core and the content, the basis and the goal of all peacemaking.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

There is nothing so important in the family as the sacred quality of the meal.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Think of each wound as you would of a child who has been hurt by a friend. As long as that child is ranting and raving, trying to get back at the friend, one wound leads to another. But when the child can experience the consoling embrace of a parent, she or he can live through the pain, return to the friend, forgive, and build up a new relationship. Be gentle with yourself, and let your heart be your loving parent as you live your wounds through.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

God, help me to see others not as enemies or as ungodly but rather as thirsty people. And give me the courage and compassion to offer your Living Water, which alone quenches deep thirst.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Prayer is first of all listening to God. It's openness. God is always speaking; he's always doing something. Prayer is to enter into that activity... Convert your thoughts into prayer. As we are involved in unceasing thinking, so we are called to unceasing prayer. The difference is not that prayer is thinking about other things, but that prayer is thinking in dialogue,... a conversation with God.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Compassion- which means, literally, "to suffer with"- is the way to the truth that we are most ourselves, not when we differ from others, but when we are the same. Indeed the main spiritual question is not, "What difference do you make?" but "What do you have in common?" It is not "excelling" but "serving" that makes us most human. It is not proving ourselves to be better than others but confessing to be just like others that is the way to healing and reconciliation.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Intimacy is not a happy medium. It is a way of being in which the tension between distance and closeness is dissolved and a new horizon appears. Intimacy is beyond fear.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Do not tell everyone your story. You will only end up feeling more rejected. People cannot give you what you long for in your heart. The more you expect from people's response to your experience of abandonment, the more you will feel exposed to ridicule.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Solitude is the furnace of transformation.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Our tendency is to run from the painful realities or try to change them as soon as possible. But cure without care makes us into rulers, controllers, manipulators.

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

That's the temptation of the devil: "Turn stones into bread! Be relevant!

By Anonym 14 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later, and somewhere else. Let's be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

In 1970 I felt so lonely that I could not give; now I feel so joyful that giving seems easy. I hope that the day will come when the memory of my present joy will give me the strength to keep giving even when loneliness gnaws at my heart.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

[...]when two people have become present to each other, the waiting of one must be able to cross the narrow line between the living or dying of the other.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Christian life is not a life divided between times for action and times for contemplation. No. Real social action is a way of contemplation, and real contemplation is the core of social action.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

If you are not able to be silent, you will not be able to speak well.

By Anonym 15 Sep

Henri Nouwen

The way of Jesus is radically different.  It is the way not of upward mobility but of downward mobility.  It is going to the bottom, staying behind the sets and choosing the last place!  Why is the way of Jesus worth choosing?  Because it is the way to the Kingdom, the way Jesus took, and the way that brings everlasting life.

By Anonym 13 Sep

Henri Nouwen

Although I am a committed Catholic priest, and nowhere hide that fact, my focus is very much a spiritual journey.