Who Are We? Henri Nouwen on Our Christian Identity

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Who Are We? Henri Nouwen on Our Christian Identity

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Join one of the twentieth century’s most inspiring spiritual writers on a journey of self-discovery.

Society teaches us to define ourselves by the things we have: belongings, education, experiences. Our inner worth depends on our surroundings, and as the gospels say, we “belong to the world.”

Spiritual master Henri Nouwen teaches you how to move beyond such traps and achieve a deeper sense of self. Recorded near the end of his life, these talks showcase a lifetime of faith and ministry. Nouwen draws upon his own experience of leaving a Harvard professorship to work with the disabled. His talks will inspire you with their combination of spiritual reflection, humor, and profound insight.

You will begin by looking at your own obstacles, for as Nouwen says, “Only when you are willing to recognize your darkness can you really receive the light.” Then, like the Prodigal Son, you will return home to Jesus Christ, revealing your true identity as a child of God, who will love you for eternity. In the second half of this series, you will reflect upon spiritual communion and what it means to be “taken, blessed, broken, and given.” You will transform your brokenness into blessedness, discovering how your life is meant to be a gift to the world.

By entering fully into Christ’s love, you will bear the gifts of the Spirit. Let Nouwen’s talks lead you back to God’s arms.

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Topic Titles
Topic Titles
  • The Trap of Belonging to the World
  • Transforming Brokenness into Blessedness
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Henri Nouwen was one of the most influential spiritual thinkers of the twentieth century. Born in the Netherlands, Nouwen was ordained as a Roman Catholic priest and trained as a psychologist. He spent much of his life in America, where he ministered and taught throughout the continent. He wrote wrote thirty-nine books, including such classics as The Return of the Prodigal Son and Life of the Beloved.

In addition to writing, Henri Nouwen was a great teacher. Over the course of his life, he was a popular professor at Notre Dame University, Yale Divinity School, and Harvard Divinity School. He was also an innovative psychologist who taught and ministered throughout the world, touching countless lives. After nearly two decades of teaching, Nouwen became a pastor at L’Arche Daybreak, a community for people with intellectual disabilities in Richmond Hill, Ontario. He ministered there from 1986 until his death in 1996.

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I listened to it 3 times and will again. Henri Nouwen has a profound sense of grace and mercy. Review by Doris Feys, Ossineke, MI USA (Posted on 12/13/2017)
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