Join one of the most influential spiritual writers of the twentieth century on the search for meaning.
What does it really mean to live your life in the spirit of Jesus Christ? Tackle this question with Henri Nouwen (1932–1996), the author of such classics as The Return of the Prodigal Son and Life of the Beloved.
Perhaps no twentieth-century spiritual thinker so profoundly captured the human experience as this Catholic priest and psychologist. Now, in this moving audio program, you have the rare opportunity to listen to Nouwen’s voice. He powerfully draws upon his own struggles to show you how to move from loneliness to solitude, from hostility to hospitality, and from illusion to prayer.
In sharing his personal experiences, Nouwen imparts to you the profound gifts that he has received, giving shape to the human struggle. As you will discover, it is only through encountering darkness that you can understand light. Through listening to his particular experiences, you will come to understand more fully this universal human experience.
As you will learn, to be human is not to be apart from, but rather a part of community. Indeed, God came to us in Jesus Christ, who became human—to the point of accepting death on the Cross.
Ultimately, you will learn that you are not traveling alone on this “lonely” search for God. Find light in darkness with Nouwen as your guide.
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.
- Part I: From Loneliness to Solitude
- Part II: From Hostility to Hospitality