Tag: Henri Nouwen

What is Most Private is Most Communal

  Tom   A cool breeze puffs its way across my face.   The widow in our bedroom, an all but glorified piece of plastic wrap, makes me one with creation, whether I wish to be in this way or not. Like the two night owls on the mountainside at the end of our block, I’m…
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Cure Without Care

“Our tendency is to run away from the painful realities or to try to change them as soon as possible. But cure without care makes us into rulers, controllers, manipulators, and prevents a real community from taking shape. Cure without care makes us preoccupied with quick changes, impatient and unwilling to share each other’s burden.…
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The Trap of Self-Rejection

Theologian Henri Nouwen understood inherently the temptation that confronts us all – to believe that we are worthless and unlovable.  We honor his reminder to us that “Being … Beloved constitutes the core truth of our existence”: Over the years I have come to realize that the greatest trap in our life is not success, popularity,…
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Listening as Spiritual Hospitality

To listen is very hard, because it asks of us so much interior stability that we no longer need to prove ourselves by speeches, arguments, statements, or declarations. True listeners no longer have an inner need to make their presence known. They are free to receive, to welcome, to accept. Listening is much more than…
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The Still, Small Voice of Love~Henri Nouwen

A big part of the mission of Someone To Tell It To is to remind people of The Still, Small Voice of Love. The Still, Small Voice of Love~Henri Nouwen Many voices ask for our attention. There is a voice that says, “Prove that you are a good person.” Another voice says, “You’d better be…
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Just Imagine

More wisdom from our spirtual mentor, Henri Nouwen.  Can you imagine a world in which peace and reconcilation are priorities for us all: So much of our energy, time, and money goes into maintaining distance from one another.  Many if not most of the resources of the world are used to defend ourselves against each…
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Being Safe Places for Others

Our favorite spiritual mentor – Henri Nouwen – has stated perfectly what our mission is all about: When we are free from the need to judge or condemn, we can become safe places for people to meet in vulnerability and take down the walls that separate them.   Being deeply rooted in the love of God, we cannot…
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A Nonjudgmental Presence

Words of wisdom and truth from our favorite author and spiritual mentor, Henri Nouwen: … we can be messengers of reconciliation for others.  Essential to the work of reconciliation is a nonjudgmental presence.  We are not sent to the world to judge, to condemn, to evaluate, to classify, or to label.  When we walk around as if we…
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What We Feel is Not Who We Are

Our emotional lives move up and down constantly.  Sometimes we experience great mood swings: from excitement to depression, from joy to sorrow, from inner harmony to inner chaos.  A little event, a word from someone, a disappointment in work, many things can trigger such mood swings.  Mostly we have little control over these changes.  It…
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