The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.
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When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving much advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a gentle and tender hand. 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 curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares.
Your body needs to be held and to hold, to be touched and to touch. None of these needs is to be despised, denied, or repressed. But you have to keep searching for your body’s deeper need, the need for genuine love. Every time you are able to go beyond the body’s superficial desires for love, you are bringing your body home and moving toward integration and unity.
|24th January, 1932
|21st September, 1996
|Priest, Professor, Theologian
Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen was born in Nijkerk, Netherlands. He was a Dutch Catholic priest, professor, author and theologian. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. After nearly two decades of teaching at academic institutions including the University of Notre Dame, Yale Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School, he went on to work with mentally and physically handicapped people at the L'Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He completed his studies in 1964 by obtaining a doctorandus degree. He wrote several books include: The Wounded Healer, With open hands, Reaching out, Clowning in Rome, In the Name of Jesus, Life of the Beloved, Can You Drink the Cup?, and The Inner Voice of Love.
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