35 Greatest Henri Nouwen Quotes

35 Greatest Henri Nouwen Quotes

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Henri Nouwen was a Catholic Priest and writer from Nijkerk. He wrote mainly about ministry, justice, and psychology in her books. Some of his most famous works of literature include The Return of the Prodigal Son and Inner Voice of Love. He died on September 21, 1996 at the age of 64.

“Although we tend to think about saints as holy and pious, and picture them with halos above their heads and ecstatic gazes, true saints are much more accessible. They are men and women like
us, who live ordinary lives and struggle with ordinary problems. What makes them saints is their clear and unwavering focus on God and God’s people.”

“Christian life is not a life divided between times for action and times for contemplation. No. Real social action is a way of contemplation, and real contemplation is the core of social

“Dare to love and to be a real friend. The love you give and receive is a reality that will lead you closer and closer to God as well as those whom God has given you to love.”

“Distance never seperates two hearts that really care, for our memories span the miles and in seconds we are there. But whenever I start feeling sad cuz I miss you I remind myself how lucky
I am to have someone so special to miss.”

“Do not tell everyone your story. You will only end up feeling more rejected. People cannot give you what you long for in your heart. The more you expect from people’s response to your
experience of abandonment, the more you will feel exposed to ridicule.”

“Emit gratitude as though it was done.”

“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.”

“Friendship has always belonged to the core of my spiritual journey.”

“God is a God of the present. God is always in the moment, be that moment hard or easy, joyful and painful.”

“I kept running around it in large or small circles, always looking for someone or something able to convince me of my Belovedness.”

“In solitude we realize that nothing human is alien to us.”

“Intimacy is not a happy medium. It is a way of being in which the tension between distance and closeness is dissolved and a new horizon appears. Intimacy is beyond fear.”

“Jesus was a revolutionary, who did not become an extremist, since he did not offer an ideology, but Himself. He was also a mystic, who did not use his intimate relationship with God to
avoid the social evils of his time, but shocked his milieu to the point of being executed as a rebel. In this sense he also remains for nuclear man the way to liberation and freedom.”

“Joy does not simply happen to us. We have to choose joy and keep choosing it every day.”

“Often we come home from a sharing session with a feeling that something precious has been taken away from us or that holy ground has been trodden upon.”

“One of the tragedies of our life is that we keep forgetting who we are.”

“Peace is first of all the art of being.”

“People who read your ideas tend to think that your writings reflect your life.”

“Prayer is not a pious decoration of life but the breath of human existence.”

“Self-rejection is the greatest enemy of the spiritual life because it contradicts the sacred voice that calls us the “Beloved”. Being the Beloved expresses the core truth of our existence.”

“Solitude is very different from a ‘time-out’ from our busy lives. Solitude is the very ground from which community grows. Whenever we pray alone, study, read, write, or simply spend quiet
time away from the places where we interact with each other directly, we are potentially opened for a deeper intimacy with each other.”

“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.”

“The fruits of your labors may be reaped two generations from now. Trust. Even when you don’t see the results.”

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

“The leaders of the future will be those who dare to claim their irrelevance in the contemporary world as a divine vocation.”

“The soul of the artist cannot remain hidden.”

“The spiritual life does not remove us from the world but leads us deeper into it.”

“Theological formation is the gradual and often painful discovery of God’s incomprehensibility. You can be competent in many things, but you cannot be competent in God.”

“There are two extremes to avoid: being completely absorbed in your pain and being distracted by so many things that you stay far away from the wound you want to heal.”

“Waiting is a dry desert between where we are and where we want to be.”

“Waiting is a period of learning. The longer we wait, the more we hear about him for whom we are waiting.”

“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.”

“When suddenly you seem to lose all you thought you had gained, do not despair. You must expect setbacks and regressions. Don’t say to yourself “All is lost. I have to start all over again.”
“This is not true. What you have gained you have gained….When you return to the the road, you return to the place where you left it, not to where you started.”

“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.”

“You don’t think your way into a new kind of living. You live your way into a new kind of thinking.”