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Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”

Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen



Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Hospitality is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place.”

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

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Community is where humility and glory touch.”

Community is where humility and glory touch.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Spiritual identity means we are not what we do or what people say about us. And we are not what we have. We are the beloved daughters and sons of God.”

Spiritual identity means we are not what we do or what people say about us. And we are not what we have. We are the beloved daughters and sons of God.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.”

The discipline of gratitude is the explicit effort to acknowledge that all I am and have is given to me as a gift of love, a gift to be celebrated with joy.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Community means that people come together around the table, not just to feed their bodies, but to feed their minds and their relationships.”

Community means that people come together around the table, not just to feed their bodies, but to feed their minds and their relationships.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.”

In true love the smallest distance is too great, and the greatest distance can be bridged.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “It is precisely in times of spiritual dryness that we must hold on to our spiritual discipline so that we can grow into new intimacy with God.”

It is precisely in times of spiritual dryness that we must hold on to our spiritual discipline so that we can grow into new intimacy with God.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Prayer is first of all listening to God. It’s openness. God is always speaking; he’s always doing something.”

Prayer is first of all listening to God. It’s openness. God is always speaking; he’s always doing something.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “What makes us human is not our mind but our heart, not our ability to think but our ability to love.”

What makes us human is not our mind but our heart, not our ability to think but our ability to love.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen



Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “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.”

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


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self.”

Solitude is the furnace of transformation. Without solitude we remain victims of our society and continue to be entangled in the illusions of the false self.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Active waiting means present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it.”

Active waiting means present fully to the moment, in the conviction that something is happening where you are and that you want to be present to it.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Our life is full of brokenness – broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives.”

Our life is full of brokenness – broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Jesus invites us to abide in his love. That means to dwell with all that I am in him. It is an invitation to a total belonging, to full intimacy, to an unlimited being-with. The light of the Spirit reveals to us that love conquers all fear.”

Jesus invites us to abide in his love. That means to dwell with all that I am in him. It is an invitation to a total belonging, to full intimacy, to an unlimited being-with. The light of the Spirit reveals to us that love conquers all fear.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the Beloved.”

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

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Christian community is the place where we keep the flame of hope alive among us and take it seriously so that it can grow and become stronger in us.”

Christian community is the place where we keep the flame of hope alive among us and take it seriously so that it can grow and become stronger in us.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “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.”

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.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “I am the prodigal son every time I search for unconditional love where it cannot be found.”

I am the prodigal son every time I search for unconditional love where it cannot be found.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Prayer is not a pious decoration of life but the breath of human existence.”

Prayer is not a pious decoration of life but the breath of human existence.

— Henri J.M. Nouwen


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