Find hope in suffering with one of Christianity’s great spiritual masters as your guide.
In our society, we learn to hide our grief, to suppress our joy, to fight darkness with darkness. We are like Jesus’ generation, to whom he says, “We played the pipe for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not cry” (Luke 7:32).
Now, spiritual master Henri Nouwen helps you practice Christian healing through both suffering and joy. As you learn to embrace mourning as a means of healing, you will discover true life in the Spirit. You will embody the beatitude, “Blessed are those who mourn.”
In the first half of the series, you will come to understand how you are called to be a healer. Christ sent us the Spirit to reveal the depths of God’s love. And life in the Spirit requires both mourning your losses and dancing in joy. This, Nouwen says, is the spirit of healing.
Then, you will deepen your relationship with the divine. Instead of trying to fight evil with darkness, you will learn to practice Christian healing. By embracing your fears and losses, you will reclaim your identity as a beloved child of God.
Throughout these talks, Nouwen weaves Scripture, his own experiences of suffering, and compassionate insights gleaned from a lifetime of spiritual reflection. Let him help you find true healing and dwell with the Holy Spirit.
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About Your Presenter
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 more than forty 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.
- Henri Nouwen on Suffering and Joy, Part I
- Henri Nouwen on Suffering and Joy, Part II