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Ridding the World of Evil

Since the beginning of human history, violence and bloody warfare have been among humanity’s most common ways of eliminating those seen as enemies. And in recent decades, we have not found better methods, or so it seems, of eliminating these opponents. Our “enemies” are still there, despite the escalation of bloody conflicts, whether in our own neighborhoods or on the international scene. Consider, for example, the violent conflicts still raging or smoldering in the Middle East (Afghanistan, Iraq, Iran, Pakistan, Syria, Israel, West Bank, Gaza, etc.).
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Henri Nouwen and His Much-Needed Sabbatical

He was on sabbatical in France, in L’Arche,” explains Sr. Sue Mosteller, a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph and also the team at Daybreak. “I said ‘What are you doing next year?’ He said, ‘I don’t know, I have no idea, but I know I’m not going back to Harvard.’” Henri Nouwen the priest-writer-professor had had enough of that final hyphen.
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The Influence of Henri Nouwen

Recently, reading Henri Nouwen: His Life and Spirit, by Kevin Burns, I recalled how Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) impacted my life and spiritual development with his writings, most particularly by his idea of a what he called a “wounded healer.” As a young Franciscan friar in the early 1970s, I was finding my way in life and in ministry. That was when I first encountered Nouwen’s work in pastoral psychology. What impressed me were his insights into human frailty and suffering. Nouwen believed that all personal problems, with their suffering and joy, could become a way for finding a greater awareness of how God works in the human spirit and, thus, a path to effective ministry. Let me explain by way of a personal illustration.
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