Henri Nouwen

Discernment

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    Babak Eftekharihas quoted4 years ago
    I am scared, sometimes, to own anything, even a name, let alone coin, or shares in the oil, the munitions, the airplane factories. I am scared to take a proprietary interest in anything, for fear that my love of what I own may be killing somebody somewhere
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted4 years ago
    Our difficult and now urgent task is to realize that nature is not a possession to be conquered but a gift to be received with respect and gratitud
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted4 years ago
    Beauty by its very nature is fragile. Touch it too roughly and it’s gone, grasp it too firmly and its petals fall away. It must be held onto lightly and gazed on attentively or it slips away.
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    Communion with God alone in prayer leads inevitably to community with God’s people, and then to ministry in the world
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    To discern means first of all to listen to God, to pay attention to God’s active presence, and to obey God’s prompting, direction, leadings, and guidance.
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    When we are truly listening, we come to know that God is speaking to us, pointing the way, showing the direction.
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    At the Abbey of the Genesee I began to see the utter necessity of life in community. I learned to bake bread, haul stones, and pray with the brothers. My capacity for intimacy with God was interrelated with my ability to love and live with the others in my community
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    I realize that I am still struggling with the same problems I had all those years ago. Notwithstanding my many prayers, periods of retreat, advice from friends, and time with counselors and confessors, it seems that very little, if anything, has changed. I am still the restless, nervous, intense, distracted, and impulse-driven person I was when I set out on this spiritual journey. I am still searching for inner peace and unity and a resolution to my many internal conflicts. At times this obvious lack of spiritual maturation depresses me as I enter into the “mature” years
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    If some [monks] are still dominated by their former bad habits, and yet can teach by mere words, let them [continue to] teach. But they should not have authority as well. For, perhaps, being put to shame by their own words, they will eventually begin to practice what they preach
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    You can only be humble if you have a deep self-respect
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    The way of discernment begins with prayer. Praying means breaking through the veil of existence and allowing yourself to be led by the vision that has become real to you, whatever you call that vision—“the Unseen Reality,” “the Numen,” “the Higher Power,” “the Spirit,” or “the Christ.” Our prayers are directed not to ourselves but to Another, who wants to turn us around, who longs to be present, and who is able to guide us. The one who prays to God pierces the darkness and senses the source of all being
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    Dear friends, we have to know the darkness to be able to search for the light. We first must come to know our lostness if we want to find meaning, purpose, and direction in life.
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    Apart from the love of God in our lives, we are people lost at sea, without anchors
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    e of us who are poor and experience life as a failure. Those of us who are healthy and strong are no less lost than those of us who are frail and weak
    Babak Eftekharihas quoted5 years ago
    Those of us who are wealthy and successful are no less lost than those
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