Henri Nouwen Quotes On Gratitudes, Forgiveness

Henri Nouwen Quotes On Gratitudes, Forgiveness

Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian (January 24, 1932 – September 21, 1996). His interests had their roots in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice, and community. Nouwen has been strongly influenced throughout the course of his life by the work of Anton Boisen, Thomas Merton, Rembrandt, Vincent van Gogh and Jean Vanier. After nearly two decades of teaching at academic institutions including Notre Dame University, Yale Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School, Nouwen went on to work at the L'Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hill, Ontario with individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Henri Nouwen Quotes:

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 Nouwen

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.

Henri Nouwen

Prayer is the most concrete way to make our home in God.

Henri Nouwen

Perhaps nothing helps us make the movement from our little selves to a larger world than remembering God in gratitude. Such a perspective puts God in view in all of life, not just in the moments we set aside for worship or spiritual disciplines. Not just in the moments when life seems easy.

Henri Nouwen

To give someone a blessing is the most significant affirmation we can offer.

Henri Nouwen

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

Henri Nouwen

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.

Henri Nouwen

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

Henri Nouwen

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

Henri Nouwen

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.

Henri Nouwen

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

Henri Nouwen

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

Henri Nouwen

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

Henri Nouwen

The greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity or power, but self-rejection.

Henri Nouwen

One of the main tasks of theology is to find words that do not divide but unite, that do not create conflict but unity, that do not hurt but heal.

Henri Nouwen
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