His own journey through those turbulent times provides insights into many important dimensions of our spiritual lives. This book was written as a fourpart guide to help ministers understand their own suffering along with that of the church. He probed deeply at the meaning of living a spiritual life that embraces pain and suffering in ourselves and in the world, yet nevertheless gives us freedom to love. Petersburg to shoot a documentary based on his acclaimed spiritual meditation, the return of the prodigal son, henri nouwenpriest, writer, professor, and pastoral mentordied of a heart attack in his homeland of the netherlands. A profound and always timely piece from henri nouwen on the power and necessity of gratitude. The holy longing, ronald rolheiser refers to henri nouwen as the spiritual writer who most influenced our generation.
Join the henri nouwen societys virtual community as we focus and reflect on the themes presented in a. This deep experience of ourselves captures the nature of our inward journey. Book excerpt from spiritual formation why thanksgiving is lifegiving. Henri nouwen 19321996, one of the most important spiritual writers of the last part of the twentieth century. This article is condensed from a tape available from ave maria press, notre dame, indiana 46556. Michaels college, a position she held for 16 years. Letters on the spiritual life 9780525573951 by henri j. Here is what nouwen said about the ministry of presence. Henri nouwens reflections on the path life chooses to take at our command, viz. Gabrielle earnshaw, who edited a collection of 204 of henri nouwens nearly 4,000 letters to people all over the world, said they provide a a. Show me the way 1992 is a book of daily lenten readings based on the writing. The internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor henri nouwen pronounced henry nowwin wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life.
Nouwen spent his life helping people respond to the universal yearning for love, unity and communion that doesnt go away. This book offers you a personal, thirtyday retreat based on the most popular works of modern spiritual writer henri j. Below is a bibliography of published works written by dutchborn catholic priest henri nouwen. Gabrielle earnshaw is founding curator of the henri j. Nouwen 19321996 was a roman catholic priest who taught at harvard, yale, and the university of notre dame. Our selection for lent is henri nouwens the return of the prodigal son moderated by ray glennon. Henri nouwen this book is a collection of four short but moving essays, each of which gives the reader a glimpse into the mind of one of the modern days foremost spiritual writers. A toronto nun who knew henri nouwen at torontos larch daybreak community where the popular spiritual writer spent the last 10 years of his life gave a glimpse of the dutch priestauthors vulnerability and compassion recently at oblate school of theology. Over the course of his life, nouwen was heavily influenced by the work of anton boisen, thomas merton, rembrandt, vincent van gogh, and jean vanier. His first encounter was with a poster, hanging on a colleagues office wall. A spirituality of waiting bessels green baptist church. A journey through anguish to freedom reprint by henri j. Sister sue mosteller, csj, the executrix of nouwens archives, addressed some 400 people at. The writings of henri in the road to daybreak are a comfort and i read to him daily.
Reclaiming our humanity, edited by robert durback st. Higgins and kevin burns paulist press, 2019 a retreat with henri nouwen. A christian century magazine survey conducted in 2003 found that nouwen s writings were a first choice for catholic and mainline protestant clergy. Nouwen is promoted by christian leaders as diverse as robert schuller and rick warren who highly recommends nouwen s contemplative book in the name of jesus. His interests were rooted primarily in psychology, pastoral ministry, spirituality, social justice and community. Henri jozef machiel nouwen january 24, 1932 september 21, 1996 was a dutch catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian. He was the oldest of four children born to laurent j. Henri nouwen was born in nijkerk, the netherlands on january 24, 1932. Henri nouwen society henri nouwen books henri nouwen. His many books chart a path for us to follow on our journey into deeper communion with god and jesus through the holy spirit.
Nouwen spent his life helping people respond to the. Henri nouwen 19321996 was one of the most popular and downtoearth spiritual writers of the twentieth century. The works are listed under each category by year of publication. More and more, the desire grows in me simply to walk around, greet people, enter their homes, sit on their doorsteps, play ball, throw water, and be known as someone who wants to live. I prefer simply to tell you that i consider myself primarily a priest who wants to minister as concretely and directly as possible with and form the people i love. Spiritual direction gives us the unique and unrivaled experience of having henri nouwen as our personal spiritual director, answering our questions about the. Nouwen spent his life helping people respond to the universal yearning for. A book of hours is a beautiful new compilation based on the writings of henri nouwen, one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our time. Two decades ago, on september 21, 1996, while on the way to st. A chance encounter with a reproduction of rembrandts the return of the prodigal son catapulted henri nouwen on an unforgettable spiritual adventure. Nouwen, a priest, psychologist, and lifelong seeker whose books include out of solitude and with open hands.
Nouwen has had a vast influence within the emerging church and evangelicalism at large through his writings, and. It focuses on the predicament of the ministers themselves most of all so that after dealing with their own hurt, they are better equipped. The henri nouwen society exists so others, who are on a journey of faith, can experience the unconditional love of god that henri nouwen discovered. Intimacy, fecundity, and ecstasy in christian perspective by nouwen, henri j. Nouwen spent his life helping people respond to the universal yearning for love, unity and communion. Twentythree years ago, the spring issue of harvard divinity bulletin included the following announcement. Nouwen archives and research center at the university of torontos st.
A spirituality of imperfection biographer wil hernandez, who teaches a course on the spirituality of henri nouwen at fuller theological seminary tells us. Nouwen, a dutch priest living in canada, is the author of numerous books on deepening the spiritual life. About this book and getting prints of the prodigal son painting this is henri nouwens own personal favorite book, based on nouwens reflections on a rembrandt painting called prodigal son, which hangs in the hermitage in st. This includes 42 books, four of which were published posthumously, along with 51 articles and 4 chapters which are lists in process. I believe we are all spiritual beings having a human experience, as events in our lives draw us closer to the lord. Henri nouwen project gutenberg selfpublishing ebooks. The foundation of nouwens work is solitude, silence, and prayer. Shedding light on the sacred longings of the human heart, these deeply personal letters from one of the greatest spiritual teachers of our age offer not only wisdom but practical insight into what it really means to live and lead an authentic spiritual life. Through his more than fifty books henri nouwen, the dutch priest and writer, touched countless people with his compelling interpretation of christian faith. Henri nouwen and the ministry of presence each thought. The following is excerpted from our book contemplative mysticism. Nouwen was a dutchborn catholic priest who left a highly acclaimed academic career at harvard to share his life with people with mental disabilities as pastor of one of jean vaniers larche communities in toronto, canada.
Henri nouwen, an increasingly popular catholic author, describes the challenge of ministering to modern man in his book, the wounded healer. He sees the predicament of twentieth century man as radically different from that of people in previous generations. Everyday low prices and free delivery on eligible orders. The following quote from henri nouwen hangs permanently on my refrigerator. With more than 140 photos, the amazing story of one of the most popularand complexspiritual figures of our time. Priest, writer, mentor, misfit commonweal magazine. Show me the way by henri nouwen, 24 hours that changed the world by adam hamilton, and the day the revolution began by n. Henri nouwens intimate letters shed light on his theology of the heart. Here he shares the deeply personal and resonant meditation that led him to discover the place within where god has chosen to dwell. The role of the minister must change accordingly, he. A book of hours by henri nouwen, robert waldron isbn.
I am thankful and grateful i have found the support through henri nouwens writings and look foreword to this lenten discussion. Im hoping this letter book will encourage people who have letters in their care. The entire book spring boards from a seemingly random encounter nouwen had with rembrandts famous painting, return of the prodigal son. Henri nouwen as model for a reformed priesthood, by michael w.797 651 739 657 588 670 1227 1337 1270 1395 1394 1061 1189 176 706 535 750 1458 384 1500 849 733 1133 149 733 888 195 201 1328 499 171 1182