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100 Henri J.M. Nouwen Famous Sayings, Quotes and Quotation.

Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Action with and for those who suffer is the concrete expression of the compassionate life Action with and for those who suffer is the concrete expression of the compassionate life and the final criterion of being a Christian.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged In a world so torn apart by rivalry, anger, and hatred, we have the privileged vocation to be living signs of a love that can bridge all divisions and heal all wounds.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: It is as if we have been wandering in a foreign land looking for peace It is as if we have been wandering in a foreign land looking for peace and purpose in our lives and a true sense of who we are. Jesus stands in our midst and beckons us home so that we can be restored to our true selves.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Life in the Spirit of Jesus is therefore a life in which Jesus' coming into Life in the Spirit of Jesus is therefore a life in which Jesus' coming into the world - his incarnation, his death, and resurrection - is lived out by those who have entered into the same obedient relationship to the Father which marked Jesus' own life. Having become sons and daughters as Jesus was Son, our lives become a continuation of Jesus' mission.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: I reached a healthy place in which I was able to stop projecting my needs I reached a healthy place in which I was able to stop projecting my needs on another human being. We both came to understand that each of us is limited in our capacity to be for another what is needed, and learned to forgive each other for not being God.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Lifting our cup means sharing our life so we can celebrate it. When we truly Lifting our cup means sharing our life so we can celebrate it. When we truly believe we are called to lay down our lives for our friends, we must dare to take the risk to let others know what we are living.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Time has to be converted, then, from chronos, mere chronological time, to kairos, a New Time has to be converted, then, from chronos, mere chronological time, to kairos, a New Testament Greek word that has to do with opportunity, with moments that seem ripe for their intended purpose. Then, even while life continues to seem harried, while it continues to have hard moments, we say, "Something good is happening amid all this." We get glimpses of how God might be working out his purposes in our days. Time becomes not just something to get through or manipulate or manage, but the arena of God's work with us. Whatever happens - good things or bad, pleasant or problematic - we look and ask, "What might God be doing here?" We see the events of the day as continuing occasions to change the heart. Time points to Another and begins to speak to us of God. We
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Listening in the spiritual life is much more than a psychological strategy to help others Listening in the spiritual life is much more than a psychological strategy to help others discover themselves. In the spiritual life the listener is not the ego, which would like to speak but is trained to restrain itself, but the Spirit of God within us. When we are baptised in the Spirit - that is, when we have received the Spirit of Jesus as the breath of God breathing within us - that Spirit creates in us a sacred space where the other can be received and listened to. The Spirit of Jesus prays in us and listens in us to all who come to us with their sufferings and pains.
When we dare to fully trust in the power of God's Spirit listening in us, we will see true healing occur.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The main question is "Do you own your pain?" As long as you do not The main question is "Do you own your pain?" As long as you do not own your pain - that is, integrate your pain into your way of being in the world - the danger exists that you will use the other to seek healing for yourself. When you speak to others about your pain without fully owning it, you expect something from them that they cannot give. As a result, you will feel frustrated, and those you wanted to help will feel confused, disappointed, or even further burdened.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: [Praying] demands that you take to the road again and again, leaving your house and [Praying] demands that you take to the road again and again, leaving your house and looking forward to a new land for yourself and your [fellow human]. This is why praying demands poverty, that is, the readiness to live a life in which you have nothing to lose so that you always begin afresh.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: His (Christ's) appearance in our midst has made it undeniably clear that changing the human His (Christ's) appearance in our midst has made it undeniably clear that changing the human heart and changing human society are not separate tasks, but are as interconnected as the two beams of the cross.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The return to the "Father from whom all fatherhood takes its name" allows me to The return to the "Father from whom all fatherhood takes its name" allows me to let my dad be no less than the good, loving, but limited human being he is, and to let my heavenly Father be the God whose unlimited, unconditional love melts away all resentments and anger and makes me free to love beyond the need to please or find approval.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Community, then, cannot grow out of loneliness, but comes when the person who begins to Community, then, cannot grow out of loneliness, but comes when the person who begins to recognize his or her belovedness greets the belovedness of the other. The God alive in me greets the God resident in you. When people can cease having to be for us everything, we can accept the fact they may still have a gift for us. They are partial reflections of the great love of God, but reflections nevertheless. We see that gift precisely and only once we give up requiring that person to be everything, to be God. We see him or her as a limited expression of an unlimited love.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: We enter into solitude first of all to meet our Lord and to be with 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 single-minded attention to Christ can we give up our clinging fears and face our own true nature. Solitude is a place where Christ remodels us in his own image and frees us from the victimizing compulsions of the world.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: If the urge to be entertained so much, to travel so much, to buy so If the urge to be entertained so much, to travel so much, to buy so much, and to arm ourselves so much no longer motivated our behavior, could our society as it is today still function?
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Joy is based on the spiritual knowledge that, while the world in which we live Joy is based on the spiritual knowledge that, while the world in which we live is shrouded in darkness, God has overcome the world.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: They discover that there are people who heal each other's wounds, forgive each other's offenses, They discover that there are people who heal each other's wounds, forgive each other's offenses, share their possessions, foster the spirit of community, celebrate the gifts they have received, and live in constant anticipation of the full manifestation of God's glory.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: have seen how the fear of becoming subject to God's revenge and punishment has paralyzed have seen how the fear of becoming subject to God's revenge and punishment has paralyzed the mental and emotional lives of many people, independently of their age, religion, or life-style. This paralyzing fear of God is one of the great human tragedies.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The spiritual life is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who The spiritual life is a gift. It is a gift of the Holy Spirit, who lifts us up into the kingdom of God's love. But to say that being lifted up into the kingdom of love is a divine gift does not mean that we wait passively until the gift is offered to us.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: God loves us before any human person can show love to us. He loves us God loves us before any human person can show love to us. He loves us with a "first" love, an unlimited, unconditional love, wants us to be his beloved children, and tells us to become as loving as himself.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: In the midst of a turbulent, often chaotic, life we are called to reach out, In the midst of a turbulent, often chaotic, life we are called to reach out, with courageous honesty to our innermost self, with relentless care to our fellow human beings, and with increasing prayer to our God.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The joy at the dramatic return of the younger son in no way means that The joy at the dramatic return of the younger son in no way means that the elder son was less loved, less appreciated, less favored. The father does not compare the two sons. He loves them both with a complete love and expresses that love according to their individual journeys.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: What is our task in this world as children of God and brothers and sisters What is our task in this world as children of God and brothers and sisters of Jesus? Our task is reconciliation. Wherever we go we see divisions among people - in families, communities, cities, countries, and continents. All these divisions are tragic reflections of our separation from God. The truth that all people belong together as members of one family under God is seldom visible. Our sacred task is to reveal that truth in the reality of everyday life. Why is that our task? Because God sent Jesus to reconcile us with God and to give us the task of reconciling people with one another. As people reconciled with God through Jesus we have been given the ministry of reconciliation (see 2 Corinthians 5:18). So whatever we do the main question is, Does it lead to reconciliation among people?
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Peace is first of all the art of being. Peace is first of all the art of being.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Just as a whole world of beauty can be discovered in one flower, so the Just as a whole world of beauty can be discovered in one flower, so the great grace of God can be tasted in one small moment Just as no great travels are necessary to see the beauty of creation, so no great ecstasies are needed to discover the love of God.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The leaders of the future will be those who dare to claim their irrelevance in The leaders of the future will be those who dare to claim their irrelevance in the contemporary world as a divine vocation ...
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: As Father, the only authority he claims for himself is the authority of compassion. As Father, the only authority he claims for himself is the authority of compassion.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The real mystery of marriage is not that husband and wife love each other so The real mystery of marriage is not that husband and wife love each other so much that they can recognize God in each other's lives, but more because God loves them so much that they can discover each other more and more as living reminder's of God's presence.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: What I do know with unwavering certainty is the heart of the father. It is What I do know with unwavering certainty is the heart of the father. It is a heart of limitless mercy.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Jesus promises a life in which we increasingly have to stretch out our hands and Jesus promises a life in which we increasingly have to stretch out our hands and be led into places where we would rather not go.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: In solitude I get rid of my scaffolding ... Solitude molds self-righteous people into gentle, In solitude I get rid of my scaffolding ...
Solitude molds self-righteous people into gentle, caring, forgiving persons who are so deeply convinced of their own great sinfulness and so fully aware of God's even greater mercy that their life itself becomes ministry.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Today worrying means to be occupied and preoccupied with many things, while at the same Today worrying means to be occupied and preoccupied with many things, while at the same time being bored, resentful, depressed, and very lonely.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: But there are many other voices, voices that are loud, full of promises and very But there are many other voices, voices that are loud, full of promises and very seductive. These voices say, "Go out and prove that you are worth something." Soon after Jesus had heard the voice calling him the Beloved, he was led to the desert to hear those other voices. They told him to prove that he was worth love in being successful, popular, and powerful. Those same voices are not unfamiliar to me. They
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Becoming a child is living the Beatitudes and so finding the narrow gate into the Becoming a child is living the Beatitudes and so finding the narrow gate into the Kingdom.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: If God is compassionate, then certainly those who love God should be compassionate as well. If God is compassionate, then certainly those who love God should be compassionate as well.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Am I afraid to die? I am every time I let myself be seduced by Am I afraid to die? I am every time I let myself be seduced by the noisy voices of my world telling me that my "little life" is all I have and advising me to cling to it with all my might. But when I let these voices move to the background of my life and listen to that small soft voice calling me the Beloved, I know that there is nothing to fear and that dying is the greatest act of love, the act that leads me into the eternal embrace of my God whose love is everlasting.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: What matters here is that the moment Cleopas and his friend recognized Jesus in the What matters here is that the moment Cleopas and his friend recognized Jesus in the breaking of bread, his bodily presence was no longer required as a condition for their new hope.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: We often say, "I am not very happy. I am not content with the way We often say, "I am not very happy. I am not content with the way my life is going. I am not really joyful or peaceful. But I don't know how things can be different, and I guess I have to be realistic and accept my life as it is." It is this mood of resignation that prevents us from actively naming our reality, articulating our experience, and moving more deeply into the life of the Spirit.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit (John 3:8 NRSV). To be born of the Spirit is to step into a freedom that we never imagined before. It is to trust that the Spirit
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Birthdays need to be celebrated. i think it is more important to celebrate a birthday Birthdays need to be celebrated. i think it is more important to celebrate a birthday than a successful exam or promotion or a victory. because to celebrate a birthday means to say to someone "thank you for being you".
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: To be chosen as the Beloved of God is something radically different. Instead of excluding To be chosen as the Beloved of God is something radically different. Instead of excluding others, it includes others. Instead of rejecting others as less valuable, it accepts others in their own uniqueness. It is not a competitive, but a compassionate choice. Our minds have great difficulty in coming to grips with such a reality. Maybe our minds will never understand it. Perhaps it is only our hearts that can accomplish this. Every time we hear about 'chosen people', 'chosen talents', or 'chosen friends', we almost automatically start thinking about elites and find ourselves not far from feelings of jealousy, anger, or resentment. Not seldom has the perception of others as being chosen led to aggression, violence, and war.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: But this leaves us with a very difficult question. Is there a way to move But this leaves us with a very difficult question. Is there a way to move from our worry-filled life to the life of the Spirit? Must we simply wait passively until the Spirit comes along and blows away our worries? Are there any ways by which we can prepare ourselves for the life of the Spirit and deepen that life once it has touched us?
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Dear friends, I want you to hear this: what is said of Jesus is said Dear friends, I want you to hear this: what is said of Jesus is said of you. I know this can be hard to affirm. You are the beloved daughter or son of God. Can you believe it? Can you hear it not only in your head through your physical ears but in your gut, hear it so that your whole life can be turned around? Go to the scriptures and read: "I have loved you with an everlasting love. I have written your name in the palm of my hand from all eternity. I have molded you in the depths of the earth and knitted you in your mother's womb. I love you. I embrace you. You are mine and I am yours and you belong to me." You have to hear this, because if you can hear this divine voice speak to you from all eternity, then your life will become more and more the life of the beloved, because that is who you are.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: A spiritual life without prayer is like the gospel without Christ. A spiritual life without prayer is like the gospel without Christ.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Joy and resentment cannot coexist. Joy and resentment cannot coexist.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The great movement of the spiritual life is from a deaf, nonhearing life to a The great movement of the spiritual life is from a deaf, nonhearing life to a life of listening.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Often we are preoccupied with the question "How can we be witnesses in the Name Often we are preoccupied with the question "How can we be witnesses in the Name of Jesus? What are we supposed to say or do to make people accept the love that God offers them?" These questions are expressions more of our fear than of our love. Jesus shows us the way of being witnesses. He was so full of God's love, so connected with God's will, so burning with zeal for God's Kingdom, that he couldn't do other than witness. Wherever he went and whomever he met, a power went out from him that healed everyone who touched him (see Luke 6:19). If we want to be witnesses like Jesus, our only concern should be to be as alive with the love of God as Jesus was.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: I also came to see that I should not worry about tomorrow, next week, next I also came to see that I should not worry about tomorrow, next week, next year, or next century. The more willing I was to look honestly at what I was thinking and saying and doing now, the more easily I would come into touch with the movement of God's Spirit in me, leading me to the future. God is a God of the present and reveals to those who are willing to listen carefully to the moment in which they live the steps they are to take toward the future. "Do not worry about tomorrow," Jesus says, "tomorrow will take care of itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own" (Matthew 6:34).
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Jesus goes up onto the mountain, gathers his disciples around him, and says: "How blessed Jesus goes up onto the mountain, gathers his disciples around him, and says: "How blessed are the poor, the gentle, those who mourn, those who hunger and thirst for uprightness, the merciful, the pure of heart, the peacemakers, and those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness." These words present a portrait of the child of God. It is a self-portrait of Jesus, the Beloved Son.
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Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Real care means the willingness to help each other in making our brokenness into the Real care means the willingness to help each other in making our brokenness into the gateway to joy.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Emit gratitude as though it was done Emit gratitude as though it was done
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Forgiveness means that I continually am willing to forgive the other person for not being Forgiveness means that I continually am willing to forgive the other person for not being God - for not fulfilling all my needs. I, too, must ask forgiveness for not being able to fulfill other people's needs. ... The interesting thing is that when you can forgive people for not being God, then you can celebrate that they are a reflection of God.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The parable that Rembrandt painted might well be called "The Parable of the Lost Sons." The parable that Rembrandt painted might well be called "The Parable of the Lost Sons." Not only did the younger son, who left home to look for freedom and happiness in a distant country, get lost, but the one who stayed home also became a lost man. Exteriorly he did all the things a good son is supposed to do, but, interiorly, he wandered away from his father. He did his duty, worked hard every day, and fulfilled all his obligations but became increasingly unhappy and unfree.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Spiritual fatherhood has nothing to do with power or control. It is a fatherhood of Spiritual fatherhood has nothing to do with power or control. It is a fatherhood of compassion.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Exhaustion, burnout, and depression are not signs that you are doing God's will. God is Exhaustion, burnout, and depression are not signs that you are doing God's will. God is gentle and loving. God desires to give you a deep sense of safety in God's love. Once you have allowed yourself to experience that love fully, you will be better able to discern who you are being sent to in God's name.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: No matter the life-shattering circumstance that delivers the devastating blow to our spirit, God is No matter the life-shattering circumstance that delivers the devastating blow to our spirit, God is bigger. He is faithful and unchanging, merciful and consistent with His offer to us, that through it all, we will be comforted, we will be loved, we will be HELD.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: When I fail, I feel jealous or resentful of these others. When I succeed, I When I fail, I feel jealous or resentful of these others. When I succeed, I worry that others will be jealous or resentful of me. I become suspicious or defensive and increasingly afraid that I won't get what I so much desire or will lose what I already have. Caught
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: To console does not mean to take away the pain but rather to be there To console does not mean to take away the pain but rather to be there and say, You are not alone, I am with you. Together
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: When people show you their boundaries ("I can't do this for you") you feel rejected When people show you their boundaries ("I can't do this for you") you feel rejected ... part of your struggle is to set boundaries to your own love. Only when you are able to set your own boundaries will you be able to acknowledge, respect and even be grateful for the boundaries of others.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: I am gradually learning that the call to gratitude asks us to say, "Everything is I am gradually learning that the call to gratitude asks us to say, "Everything is grace." As long as we remain resentful about things we wish had not happened, about relationships that we wish had turned out differently, mistakes we wish we had not made, part of our heart remains isolated, unable to bear fruit in the new life ahead of us. It is a way we hold part of ourselves apart from God.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Ministry means the ongoing attempt to put one's own search for God, with all the Ministry means the ongoing attempt to put one's own search for God, with all the moments of pain and joy, despair and hope, at the disposal of those who want to join this search but do not know how.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay A waiting person is a patient person. The word patience means the willingness to stay where we are and live the situation out to the full in the belief that something hidden there will manifest itself to us.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Solitude is very different from a 'time-out' from our busy lives. Solitude is the very Solitude is very different from a 'time-out' from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Often hell is portrayed as a place of punishment and heaven as a place of Often hell is portrayed as a place of punishment and heaven as a place of reward. But this concept easily leads us to think about God as either a policeman, who tries to catch us when we make a mistake and send us to prison when our mistakes become too big, or a Santa Claus, who counts up all our good deeds and puts rewards in our stockings at the end of the year. God, however, is neither a policeman nor a Santa Claus. God does not send us to heaven or hell depending on how often we obey or disobey. God is love and only love. In God there is no hatred, desire for revenge, or pleasure in seeing us punished. God wants to forgive, heal, restore, show us endless mercy, and see us come home. But just as the father of the prodigal son let his son make his own decision, God gives us the freedom to refuse God's love, even at the risk of destroying ourselves. Hell is not God's choice. It is ours.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: We will encounter great obstacles and splendid views, long dry deserts and shadow-rich trees. We We will encounter great obstacles and splendid views, long dry deserts and shadow-rich trees. We will have to fight against those who try to attack and rob us. We will also make wonderful friends. We will often wonder if we will ever make it, but one day we will see coming to us the One who has been waiting for all eternity to welcome us home.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: This cry for mercy is possible only when we are willing to confess that somehow, This cry for mercy is possible only when we are willing to confess that somehow, somewhere, we ourselves have something to do with our losses. Crying for mercy is a recognition that blaming God, the world, or others for our losses does not do full justice to the truth of who we are. At the moment we are willing to take responsibility, even for the pain we didn't cause directly, blaming is connected into an acknowledgement of our own role in human brokenness. The prayer for God's mercy comes from a heart that knows that this human brokenness is not a fatal condition of which we have become the sad victims, but the bitter fruit of the human choice to say "No" to love.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a Our minds are always active. We analyze, reflect, daydream, or dream. There is not a moment during the day or night when we are not thinking. You might say our thinking is 'unceasing.' Sometimes we wish that we could stop thinking for a while; that would save us from many worries, guilt feelings, and fears. Our ability to think is our greatest gift, but it is also the source of our greatest pain. Do we have to become victims of our unceasing thoughts? No, we can convert our unceasing thinking into unceasing prayer by making our inner monologue into a continuing dialogue with our God, who is the source of all love.
Let's break out of our isolation and realize that Someone who dwells in the center of our beings wants to listen with love to all that occupies and preoccupies our minds.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Every time you do something that comes from your needs for acceptance, affirmation, or affection, Every time you do something that comes from your needs for acceptance, affirmation, or affection, and every time you do something that makes these needs grow, you know that you are not with God. These needs will never be satisfied; they will only increase when you yield to them.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted; then I realized that I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted; then I realized that the interruptions were my work.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: When the imitation of Christ does not mean to live a life like Christ, but When the imitation of Christ does not mean to live a life like Christ, but to live your life as authentically as Christ lived his, then there are many ways and forms in which a man can be a Christian.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Jesus.. says, 'Let go of your complaints, forgive those who loved you poorly, step over Jesus.. says, 'Let go of your complaints, forgive those who loved you poorly, step over your feelings of being rejected, and have the courage to trust that you won't fall into an abyss of nothingness but into the safe embrace of a God whose love will heal all your wounds.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Are we really servants when we can become masters again once we think we have Are we really servants when we can become masters again once we think we have done our part or made our contribution? Are we really servants when we can say when, where, and how long we will give of our time and energy? Is service in a far country really an expression of servanthood when we keep enough money in the bank to fly home at any moment?
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: If you look at every flower individually, they look quite miserable. Put them together in If you look at every flower individually, they look quite miserable. Put them together in a vase and they become a bouquet and that's quite attractive. I think about our community often in that way
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: As the beloved son, I have to claim my full dignity and begin preparing myself As the beloved son, I have to claim my full dignity and begin preparing myself to become the father.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The "distant country" is the world in which everything considered holy at home is disregarded. The "distant country" is the world in which everything considered holy at home is disregarded.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: To die to our neighbors means to stop judging them, to stop evaluating them, and To die to our neighbors means to stop judging them, to stop evaluating them, and thus to become free to be compassionate. Compassion can never coexist with judgment because judgment creates the distance, the distinction, which prevents us from really being with the other.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are a Devine Gratitude is the most fruitful way of deepening your consciousness that you are a Devine choice.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Christ invites us to remain in touch with the many sufferings of every day and Christ invites us to remain in touch with the many sufferings of every day and to taste the beginning of hope and new life right there, where we live amid our hurts and pains and brokenness.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: First, silence makes us pilgrims. Secondly, silence guards the fire within. Thirdly, silence teaches us First, silence makes us pilgrims. Secondly, silence guards the fire within. Thirdly, silence teaches us to speak.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Trust in God allows us to live with active expectation, not cynicism. Trust in God allows us to live with active expectation, not cynicism.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: To become like the Father whose only authority is compassion, I have to shed countless To become like the Father whose only authority is compassion, I have to shed countless tears and so prepare my heart to receive anyone, whatever their journey has been, and forgive them from that heart.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The beginning and the end of all Christian leadership is to give your life for The beginning and the end of all Christian leadership is to give your life for others.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Hope means to keep living amid desperation and to keep humming in the darkness. Hope means to keep living amid desperation and to keep humming in the darkness.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Often love is offered to you, but you do not recognize it. You discard it Often love is offered to you, but you do not recognize it. You discard it because you are fixed on receiving it from the same person to whom you gave it.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: When we worry, we have our hearts in the wrong place. When we worry, we have our hearts in the wrong place.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Thus, our brokenness can become a gateway to new life. Thus, our brokenness can become a gateway to new life.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity and power Jesus came to announce to us that an identity based on success, popularity and power is a false identity- an illusion! Loudly and clearly he says: 'You are not what the world makes you; but you are children of God.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The Father's love does not force itself on the beloved. The Father's love does not force itself on the beloved.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: You keep listening to those who seem to reject you. But they never speak about You keep listening to those who seem to reject you. But they never speak about you. They speak about their own limitations. They confess their poverty in the face of your needs and desires. They simply ask for your compassion. They do not say that you are bad, ugly, or despicable. They say only that you are asking for something they cannot give and that they need to get some distance from you to survive emotionally. The sadness is that you perceive their necessary withdrawal as a rejection of you instead of as a call to return home and discover there your true belovedness.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: In our own woundedness, we can become sources of life for others. In our own woundedness, we can become sources of life for others.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: We need to be angels for each other, to give each other strength and consolation. We need to be angels for each other, to give each other strength and consolation. Because only when we fully realize that the cup of life is not only a cup of sorrow but also a cup of joy will we be able to drink it.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in this world with nothing to offer but his or her vulnerable self ... to enter into a deeper solidarity with the anguish underlying all the glitter of success and bring the light of Jesus there.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: God is the hub of the wheel of life. The closer we come to God God is the hub of the wheel of life. The closer we come to God the closer we come to each other. The basis of community is not primarily our ideas, feelings, and emotions about each other but our common search for God. When we keep our minds and hearts directed toward God, we will come more fully together.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: You don't think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way You don't think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The word "Eucharist" means literally "act of thanksgiving." To celebrate the Eucharist and to live The word "Eucharist" means literally "act of thanksgiving." To celebrate the Eucharist and to live a Eucharistic life has everything to do with gratitude. Living Eucharistically is living life as a gift, a gift for which one is grateful. But gratitude is not the most obvious response to life, certainly not when we experience life as a series of losses! Still, the great mystery we celebrate in the Eucharist and live in a Eucharistic life is precisely that through mourning our losses we come to know life as a gift.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: Dorotheus writes: Don't look for the affection of your neighbor. He who looks for it Dorotheus writes: Don't look for the affection of your neighbor. He who looks for it is troubled when he does not get it. You yourself, however, have to give witness to the love for your neighbor and to offer him rest, and thus you will bring your neighbor to love.
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: The immense joy in welcoming back the lost son hides the immense sorrow that has The immense joy in welcoming back the lost son hides the immense sorrow that has gone before. The
Henri J.M. Nouwen Sayings: When God makes a covenant with us, God says: 'I will love you with an When God makes a covenant with us, God says: 'I will love you with an everlasting love. I will be faithful to you, even when you run away from me, reject me, or betray me.' In our society we don't speak much about covenants; we speak about contracts. When we make a contract with a person, we say: 'I will fulfill my part as long as you fulfill yours. When you don't live up to your promises, I no longer have to live up to mine.' Contracts are often broken because the partners are unwilling or unable to be faithful to their terms.
But God didn't make a contract with us; God made a covenant with us, and God wants our relationships with one another to reflect that covenant. That's why marriage, friendship, life in community are all ways to give visibility to God's faithfulness in our lives together.