Rolheiser on Nouwen

The popular author and speaker has a tribute to “our generation’s Kierkegaard.” Rolheiser writes:

He helped us to pray while not knowing how to pray, to rest while feeling restless, to be at peace while tempted, to feel safe while still anxious, to be surrounded by light while still in darkness, and to love while still in doubt.

I was struck with Rolheiser’s comment that the US State Department’s head found The Return of the Prodigal Son the most significant book in her life. Good choice.

Nouwen could be exasperating in how he wore his weaknesses so openly. But I believe our bishops could learn something from the vulnerable approach to ministry.

As an artist I was impressed with this insight:

And he worked at his craft, with diligence and deliberation. Nouwen would write and rewrite his books, sometimes five times over, in an effort to make them simpler. What he sought was a language of the heart.

Aiming for the heart: something any artist would do well to keep in mind.


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Todd lives in the Pacific Northwest, serving a Catholic parish as a lay minister.
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