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Compassion – Henri Nouwen

January 22, 2022

Words of humble and gentle wisdom from one of my early spiritual mentors. It was an incredible experience to hear Henri speak at the USAF Chaplains School in 1991. It was a three day course “Spirituality in Demanding Times.” Henri also shared his initial discomfort being asked to teach on a military base because of his anti-war stance.

An important book of his for me is The Wounded Healer. Henri helped me to embrace my own woundedness as a way of walking with so many through their own life experiences through the years.

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  1. pynkoski2 permalink

    Nouwen preached twice at a suburban church I attended. He was an imposing and charismatic figure. Jim Forest explored Henri’s approach to peacemaking in one of his talks at Voices for Peace: https://henrinouwen.org/voices-peace-audio-sessions/

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