Category Archives: Listenings

Lumen Fidei: Journey Into The Light

With our exploration of Henri Nouwen’s book at an end, I want to return to Pope Francis’ first encyclical, Lumen Fide. I believe that it is even more significant, given the growing influence if the new pope throughout Christianity. The … Continue reading

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Listenings: Journey Inward, Journey Outward

Every tradition in Christianity has a way of describing the simultaneity of the spiritual life.  The Catholic/Orthodox traditions speak of the life of piety and mercy. The Anglican/Wesleyan traditions speak of the life of personal and social holiness. The Reformed … Continue reading

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Listenings: Ultimate Formation

The ultimate movement in spiritual formation is the movement from denying to befriending death.  Until we can do this we may believe in heaven, but all our spiritual energy will be thrown into extending our life on earth. Strangely, it … Continue reading

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Listenings: Widening the Circle

Nouwen ends the movement from exclusion to inclusion with a section entitled, “Widening the Circle.”  It is very important to embrace what he says. Nouwen draws on his psychological training to enrich his theological point that our ability to become … Continue reading

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Listenings: Finding Our True Home

Nouwen uses his own journey into integration to illustrate the fact that it is a challenging (even scary) experience that unfolds unevenly over an extended period of time and includes ever area of life (pp 90-94). It is an experience … Continue reading

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Listenings: Expanding the Circumference

When I discovered that the word salvation means “wholeness,” my eyes were open to a new way of viewing Jesus’ words and works.  I saw that he was essentially about taking life fragments (of whatever kind) and putting them back … Continue reading

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Listenings: A Time for Review

When posts follow a theme for some length of time, it is easy to lose sight of the “grand view.”  Before we move into the third phase of the book, let’s remember where we are. Nouwen viewed the spiritual as … Continue reading

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