Reflection 9.10.18

09/10/2018

Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly. The hard truth is that all of us love poorly. We do not even know what we are doing when we hurt others. We need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour–unceasingly. That is the great work of love among the fellowship of the weak that is the human family.


~Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Only Necessary Thing


Reflection 8.29.18

08/29/2018

Silence is the furnace of transformation.

~Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Way of the Heart


Reflection 8.6.18

08/06/2018

Healing begins not where our pain is taken away, but where it can be shared and seen as part of a larger pain.


~Henri J. M. Nouwen, The Only Necessary Thing


Reflection 7.23.18

07/23/2018

To pray means to stop expecting from God the same small-mindedness which you discover in yourself. To pray is to walk in the full light of God and to say simply, without holding back, “I am human and you are God.”

A human being is not someone who once in a while makes a mistake, and God is not someone who now and then forgives. No! Human beings are sinners and God is love.

~Henri J. M. Nouwen, With Open Hands


Reflection 7.2.18

07/02/2018

Praying is no easy matter. It demands a relationship in which you allow someone other than yourself to enter into the very center of your person, to see there what you would rather leave in darkness, and to touch there what you would rather leave untouched.

~Henri J.M. Nouwen

 


Reflection 2.7.18

02/07/2018

The question is not to prepare [for ministry] but to live in a state of ongoing preparedness so that, when someone who is drowning in the world comes into your world, you are ready to reach out and help. It may be at four o’clock, six o’clock, or nine o’clock. One time you call it preaching, the next time teaching, then counseling, or later administration. But let them be part of your life in God–that’s ministering.

~Henri J. M. Nouwen, “Time Enough to Minister” in the journal Leadership (Spring 1982)


Reflection 1.26.18

01/26/2018

There is probably no image that expresses so well the intimacy with God in prayer as the image of God’s breath. We are like asthmatic people who are cured of their anxiety. The Spirit has taken away our narrowness (the Latin word for anxiety is angustia/narrowness) and made everything new for us. We receive a new breath, a new freedom, a new life. This new life is the divine life of God. Prayer, therefore, is God’s breathing in us, by which we become part of the intimacy of God’s inner life, and by which we are born anew.

So, the paradox of prayer is that it asks for a serious effort while it can only be received as a gift. We cannot plan, organize or manipulate God; but without a careful discipline, we cannot receive God either.

~Henri J. M. Nouwen, Reaching Out