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Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “One way to express the spiritual crisis of our time is to say that most of us have an address but cannot be found there.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Most Christian leadership is exercised by people who do not know how to develop healthy, intimate relationships and have opted for power and control instead. Many Christian empire-builders have been people unable to give and receive love.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “I have an increasing sense that the most important crisis of our time is spiritual and that we need places where people can grow stronger in the spirit and be able to integrate the emotional struggles in their spiritual journeys.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Is my growing old making me any closer to Christ? Am I only getting older or am I getting more godly?”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The pain that comes from deep love makes your love more fruitful. It is like a plow that breaks the ground to allow the seed to take root.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The question is not: How many people take you seriously? How much are you going to accomplish? Can you show some results? but: Are you in love with Jesus?”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “While my friend always spoke about the sun, I kept speaking about the clouds, until one day I realized that it was the sun that allowed me to see the clouds.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “He who thinks that he is finished is finished. How true. Those who think that they have arrived, have lost their way. Those who think they have reached their goal, have missed it. Those who think they are saints, are demons.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “It is not easy to enter into the silence and reach beyond the many boisterous and demanding voices of our world and to discover there the small intimate voice saying: ‘You are my Belived Child, on you my favor rests.’”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “That is our vocation: to convert the enemy into a guest and to create the free and fearless space where brotherhood and sisterhood can be formed and fully experienced.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Ministry is the least important thing. You cannot not minister if you are in communion with God and live in community.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “When you recognize the festive and the still moments as moments of prayer, then you gradually realize that to pray is to live.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “To give someone a blessing is the most significant affirmation we can offer.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “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.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The real question is: how can I live so that my death will be fruitful for others?”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Mourning our losses is the first step away from resentment and toward gratitude. The tears of our grief can soften our hardened hearts and open us to the possibility to say “thanks.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “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.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Our glory is hidden in our pain, if we allow God to bring the gift of himself in our experience of it.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Silence is a very concrete, practical, and useful discipline in all our ministerial tasks. It can be seen as a portable cell taken with us from the solitary place into the midst of our ministry. Silence is solitude practiced in action.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Yes, it’s a competitive world, but where is your heart?”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “I can choose to grateful when I am criticized, even when my heart still responds in bitterness. I can choose to speak about goodness and beauty, even when my inner eye still looks for someone to accuse or something to call ugly.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Let’s dare to enter into an intimate relationship with God without fear, trusting that we will receive love and always more love.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Fear is the great enemy of intimacy. Fear makes us run away from each other or cling to each other but does not create true intimacy.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Everything changes radically from the moment you know yourself as being sent into this world.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “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.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “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 Quote: “Community has little to do with mutual compatibility. Similarities in educational background, psychological make-up, or social status can bring us together, but they can never be the basis for community. Community is grounded in God, who calls us together, and not in the attractiveness of people to each other. There.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “This sounds very simple and maybe even trite, but very few people know that they are loved without condition or limits.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “As peacemakers, we must resist all the powers of war and destruction and proclaim that peace is the divine gift offered to all who affirm life. Resistance means saying ‘No’ to all the forces of death, wherever they may be.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The world is evil only when you become its slave.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “By prayer, community is created as well as expressed.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “God has created you and me with a heart that only God’s love can satisfy. And every other love will be partial, will be real, but limited, will be painful. And if we are willing to let the pain prune us, to give us a deeper sense of our belovedness, then we can be as free as Jesus and walk on this world and proclaim God’s first love, wherever we go.2.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “I have always been complaining that my work was constantly interrupted; then I realized that the interruptions were my work.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “I want my work to create space where people can meet God, rather than give them something they can “apply” to their daily life.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Which questions guide our lives? Which questions do we make our own? Which questions deserve our undivided and full personal commitment? Finding the right questions is crucial to finding the answers.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Solitude does not pull us away from our fellow human beings but instead makes real fellowship possible.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “I always try to turn my personal struggles into something helpful for others.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “God wants you to live for others and to live that presence well.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “I realized that healing begins with our taking our pain out of its diabolic isolation and seeing that whatever we suffer, we suffer it in communion with all of humanity, and yes, all of creation. In so doing, we become participants in the great battle against the powers of darkness. Our little lives participate in something larger.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “In God’s eyes the most significant is often the most hidden.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “As we are involved in unceasing thinking, so we are called to unceasing prayer.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “A happy life is a life for others.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Be sure that you make a difference in the world.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “One of the most satisfying aspects of writing is that it can open in us deep wells of hidden treasures that are beautiful for us as well as for others to see.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Aging does not need to be hidden or denied, but can be understood, affirmed and experienced as a process of growth by which the mystery of life is slowly revealed to us.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “We are not the healers, we are not the reconcilers, we are not the givers of life. We are sinful, broken, vulnerable people who need as much care as anyone we care for.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “No one person can fulfill all your needs. But the community can truly hold you. The community can let you experience the fact that, beyond your anguish, there are human hands that hold you and show you God’s faithful love.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “In the face of the oppressed I recognize my own face, and in the hands of the oppressor I recognize my own hands. Their flesh is my flesh, their blood is my blood, their pain is my pain, their smile is my smile.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “Our lives are unique stones in the mosaic of human existence – priceless and irreplaceable.”
Henri J.M. Nouwen Quote: “The church is not an institution forcing us to follow rules but a community inviting us to still our hunger and thirst at its table.”
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