Archive for Henri J.M. Nouwen

“We need to forgive one another for not being God!”

Posted in Christian, Christianity, God, Philosophy, quote(s) with tags , , , , , , , , , on March 9, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

I found this quote interesting and wondered what you thought. Tim


Forgiveness, the Cement of Community Life


“Community is not possible without the willingness to forgive one another “seventy-seven times” (see Matthew 18:22). Forgiveness is the cement of community life. Forgiveness holds us together through good and bad times, and it allows us to grow in mutual love.


But what is there to forgive or to ask forgiveness for? As people who have hearts that long for perfect love, we have to forgive one another for not being able to give or receive that perfect love in our everyday lives. Our many needs constantly interfere with our desire to be there for the other unconditionally. Our love is always limited by spoken or unspoken conditions. What needs to be forgiven? “We need to forgive one another for not being God!”

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Another Piece of the Mosiac

Posted in Christian, Christianity, God, Philosophy, religion, thoughts with tags , , , , , , on July 31, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Another from Henri Nouwen …

A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself. That is what our life in community is about. Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world. Nobody can say: “I make God visible.” But others who see us together can say: “They make God visible.” Community is where humility and glory touch.

That is what our life in community is about.  Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world.  Nobody can say, “I make God visible.” But others who see us together can say, “They make God visible.”  As Henri puts it, “Community is where humility and glory touch.”

That’s my heart.  I may not doing everything right.  I can’t always be present with all of my closest friends, and I certainly won’t always agree with them or they with me.  But hopefully even in the pain–and in the triumphs–we are making God visible together.

 

Have a blessed evening!

mosaic

Posted in Christian, God, quote(s) with tags , , , , on April 9, 2009 by Tim R Wilson

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Another from Henri Nouwen …

A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself. That is what our life in community is about. Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world. Nobody can say: “I make God visible.” But others who see us together can say: “They make God visible.” Community is where humility and glory touch.

Have a blessed day everyone!

absence

Posted in quote(s) with tags , , on April 7, 2009 by Tim R Wilson
An interesting quote …
 
Bringing the Spirit Through Leaving. It is often in our absence that the Spirit of God manifests itself. When Jesus left his disciples he said: “It is for your own good that I am going, because unless I go, the Paraclete [the Spirit] will not come to you. However, when the Spirit of truth comes he will lead you to the complete truth” (John 16: 7;13). It was only in Jesus’ absence that his friends discovered the full meaning of his presence. It was only in his absence that they completely understood his words and experienced full communion with him; and it was only in his absence that they could gather in a community of faith, hope, and love. When we claim for ourselves that we come to our friends in the Name of Jesus – that through us Jesus becomes present to them – we can trust that our leaving will also bring them the Spirit of Jesus. Thus, not only our presence but also our absence becomes a gift to others.
 
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There we want to be!

Posted in Christianity, quote(s), thoughts with tags , , , on December 6, 2008 by Tim R Wilson

twice_by_callu“When you are interiorly free you call others to freedom, whether you know it or not. Freedom attracts wherever it appears. A free man or a free woman creates a space where others feel safe and want to dwell. Our world is so full of conditions, demands, requirements, and obligations that we often wonder what is expected of us. But when we meet a truly free person, there are no expectations, only an invitation to reach into ourselves and discover there our own freedom.

Where true inner freedom is, there is God. And where God is, there we want to be.”

Henri Nouwen

Nouwen I believe, is speaking of the attractiveness of the free woman or man. I wonder if this doesn’t lie close to the heart of the Gospel message… Jesus was apparently a shockingly attractive man, although scripture indicates it wasn’t physical. People, sometimes in crowds, would leave everything, families, livelihoods, homes, just to be with him, to listen to him speak and to watch what he did. Society doesn’t much like folks who live free of cultural imperatives, from the will of the crowd. “Where true inner freedom is, there is God. And where God is, there we want to be.” Yes indeed!

For the love of God!

Posted in Christianity, quote(s), religion, thoughts with tags , , , , , , , on December 5, 2008 by Tim R Wilson

“Living in awareness of our belovedness is the axis around which the Christian life revolves. Being the beloved is our identity, the core of our existence. It is not merely a lofty thought, an inspiring idea, or one name among many. It is the name by which God knows us and the way He relates to us.”

–Brennan Manning

“Wherever you are, be all there. Live to the hilt every situation that you believe to be the will of God.”

–Jim Elliot

“The great spiritual task facing me is to so fully trust that I belong to God that I can be free in the world – free to speak even when my actions are criticized, ridiculed, or considered useless; free also to receive love from people and be grateful for all the signs of God’s presence in the world. I am convinced that I will truly be able to love the world when I finally believe that I am loved far beyond its boundaries.

-Henri J.M. Nouwen

 

Just some thoughts … The hospitality that Jesus demonstrates and further offers us, creates space for moral failures to be accepted, to be loved, to be given possibilities, opportunities, and the room for further growth and failure. What would it be like to offer this kind of hospitality to myself? To give myself the space for failure and growth, and to learn to accept and love myself as opposed to the false self that I have created? There are many of us who feel that their lives are a grave disappointment to God. Sheesh! I am beginning to see that God does love us so much more than we can know. “Morning by morning, new mercies I see.” That’s day after day, new sins I commit. I feel a tremendous optimism! God’s is the author of all our lives.  God wants to forgive, heal, restore, show us endless mercy, and see us come home!

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