Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen

Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (January 24, 1932 – September 21, 1996) was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. 

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The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares.

The evangelical movement has become just a bit victimized by a success-oriented culture wanting the church - like the corporation - to be successful.

Somewhere we know that without silence words lose their meaning that without listening speaking no longer heals that without distance closeness cannot cure.

When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us we often find that it is those who instead of giving advice solutions or cures have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand.

The journey from teaching about love to allowing myself to be loved proved much longer than I realised.

Much violence is based on the illusion that life is a property to be defended and not to be shared.

Ministry is the least important thing. You cannot not minister if you are in communion with God and live in community.

In their poverty the mentally handicapped reveal God to us and hold us close to the gospel.

Jesus didn't say 'Blessed are those who care for the poor.' He said 'Blessed are we where we are poor where we are broken.' It is there that God loves us deeply and pulls us into deeper communion with himself.