Frases de Henri Nouwen

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Henri Nouwen

Fecha de nacimiento: 24. Enero 1932
Fecha de muerte: 2. Octubre 1996

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Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen fue un sacerdote católico holandés autor de más de 40 libros sobre espiritualidad.

Sus libros son muy valorados tanto por protestantes como por católicos. En el nombre de Jesús, Payasadas en Roma, La vida del amado, El regreso del hijo pródigo y El camino del corazón son solo algunos de sus títulos más reconocidos. Después de casi dos décadas como profesor en la Menninger Foundation Clinic de Topeka, Kansas y en las Universidades de Notre Dame, Yale y Harvard, abandonó su trabajo para compartir su vida con personas con discapacidad mental en la comunidad de El Arca de Daybreak en Toronto . Murió en septiembre de 1996 de un ataque al corazón.

Se pueden encontrar muchas influencias en su espiritualidad, especialmente su amistad con Jean Vanier, fundador de El Arca. Por indicación de este, Nouwen visitó la comunidad de El Arca en Francia, la primera de las casi ciento treinta comunidades a lo largo y ancho del mundo donde personas con discapacidades mentales y del desarrollo viven y comparten su vida junto a los que les cuidan. En 1986, Nouwen aceptó el cargo de capellán en una comunidad de El Arca llamada Daybreak, en Canadá. Nouwen escribió un libro acerca de su relación con Adam, uno de los miembros más representativos de la comunidad, con profundas discapacidades, en un libro llamado Adam: el amado de Dios. El padre Nouwen era un gran amigo del difunto Cardenal Joseph Bernardin.

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Frases Henri Nouwen

„It is the unceasing recognition that God is wherever we are, always inviting us to come closer and to celebrate the divine gift of being alive.“

— Henri Nouwen
Context: Prayer leads you to see new paths and to hear new melodies in the air. Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you freedom to go and to stay where you wish and to find the many signs which point out the way to a new land. Praying is not simply some necessary compartment in the daily schedule of a Christian or a source of support in time of need, nor is it restricted to Sunday mornings or mealtimes. Praying is living. It is eating and drinking, action and rest, teaching and learning, playing and working. Praying pervades every aspect of our lives. It is the unceasing recognition that God is wherever we are, always inviting us to come closer and to celebrate the divine gift of being alive.

„Prayer leads you to see new paths and to hear new melodies in the air. Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you freedom to go and to stay where you wish and to find the many signs which point out the way to a new land.“

— Henri Nouwen
Context: Prayer leads you to see new paths and to hear new melodies in the air. Prayer is the breath of your life which gives you freedom to go and to stay where you wish and to find the many signs which point out the way to a new land. Praying is not simply some necessary compartment in the daily schedule of a Christian or a source of support in time of need, nor is it restricted to Sunday mornings or mealtimes. Praying is living. It is eating and drinking, action and rest, teaching and learning, playing and working. Praying pervades every aspect of our lives. It is the unceasing recognition that God is wherever we are, always inviting us to come closer and to celebrate the divine gift of being alive.

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„To pray means to open your hands before God.“

— Henri Nouwen
Context: To pray means to open your hands before God. It means slowly relaxing the tension which squeezes your hands together and accepting your existence with an increasing readiness, not as a possession to defend, but as a gift to receive. Above all, prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises and find hope for yourself, your neighbor and your world. In prayer, you encounter God not only in the small voice and the soft breeze, but also in the midst of the turmoil of the world, in the distress and joy of your neighbor and in the loneliness of your own heart.

„Sometimes we like a book, sometimes we prefer music. Sometimes we want to sing out with hundreds, sometimes only whisper with a few. Sometimes we want to say it with words, sometimes with a deep silence.“

— Henri Nouwen
Context: Only within this kind of life does a spoken prayer make sense. A prayer in church, at table or in school is only a witness to what we want to make of our entire lives. Such a prayer reminds us that praying is living and it invites us to make this an ever-greater reality. Thus, there are as many ways to pray as there are moments in life. Sometimes we seek out a quiet spot and want to be alone, sometimes we look for a friend and want to be together. Sometimes we like a book, sometimes we prefer music. Sometimes we want to sing out with hundreds, sometimes only whisper with a few. Sometimes we want to say it with words, sometimes with a deep silence.

„We often confuse unconditional love with unconditional approval.“

— Henri Nouwen
Context: We often confuse unconditional love with unconditional approval. God loves us without conditions but does not approve of every human behavior. God doesn’t approve of betrayal, violence, hatred, suspicion, and all other expressions of evil, because they all contradict the love God wants to instill in the human heart. Evil is the absence of God’s love. Bread For the Journey (1996)

„In prayer, you encounter God not only in the small voice and the soft breeze, but also in the midst of the turmoil of the world, in the distress and joy of your neighbor and in the loneliness of your own heart.“

— Henri Nouwen
Context: To pray means to open your hands before God. It means slowly relaxing the tension which squeezes your hands together and accepting your existence with an increasing readiness, not as a possession to defend, but as a gift to receive. Above all, prayer is a way of life which allows you to find a stillness in the midst of the world where you open your hands to God’s promises and find hope for yourself, your neighbor and your world. In prayer, you encounter God not only in the small voice and the soft breeze, but also in the midst of the turmoil of the world, in the distress and joy of your neighbor and in the loneliness of your own heart.

„When we walk in the Lord's presence, everything we see, hear, touch, or taste reminds us of Him. This is what is meant by a prayerful life.“

— Henri Nouwen
Context: When we walk in the Lord's presence, everything we see, hear, touch, or taste reminds us of Him. This is what is meant by a prayerful life. It is not a life in which we say many prayers but a life in which nothing, absolutely nothing, is done, said, or understood independently of Him who is the origin and purpose of our existence. The Living Reminder: Service and Prayer in Memory of Jesus Christ (1977)

„Jesus was a revolutionary, who did not become an extremist, since he did not offer an ideology, but Himself.“

— Henri Nouwen
Context: 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. The Wounded Healer (1972)

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