#AdventBookClub: Day 4

How do you pray? (from an interview in Liguorian Magazine, October 1992) Nouwen encourages us to spend 10 minutes each day with the gospel of the day, and read again and again (part of why we have the lectionary - though that's weekly - here's this coming Sunday's on Seed Resources!). "You have chances every second to live this Word, but it has to be in you. It can't be just an idea, it has…

#AdventBookClub: Day 3

In Solitude, In Activity: (from Out of Solitude) "The careful balance between silence and words, withdrawal and involvement, distance and closeness, solitude and community forms the basis of the Christian life..." This immediately makes me think of 'absence makes the heart grow fonder', which my head translates as that the lack of something will make you notice it more. In a strange 'head-jump' this takes me to part of my PhD thesis, where I looked a VD…

#AdventBookClub: Day 2

The Root of Patience: (from Out of Solitude) Simone Weil: "Waiting patiently in expectation is the foundation of the spiritual life". Interesting, the root of the word 'patience' is in the French 'patior' - meaning 'to suffer'... if we are not patient, then we are just thinking wishfully'. That reminds me of life coaching teaching - that a goal without a deadline is just wishful thinking (hence why I make so much use of do.com)! Blessings…

#AdventBookClub: Day 1

In the midst of our dark world: Yes, we live in a busy, busy world, which has encouraged us to expect that much can be resolved in an instant: "It's someone else's fault - they need to fix it for me" "I'll win the lottery and then everything will be OK" "I'll have my stomach stapled, then I'll be skinny & everything will be great" "God needs to sort this all out - I need…

Advent & Christmas Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen #AdventBookClub

So, on 'The Big Read', I essentially run an online book club with a housegroup affiliated, but enjoying the thought that I can join with @pamjweb and a few others this advent in reading Advent and Christmas Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen. The internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor Henri Nouwen (pronounced Henry Now-win) wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. As Merton before him, Henri always stressed the relational.…
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