“Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings.”

While in our intensely competitive society the hunger and thirst for friendship, intimacy, union, and communion are immense, it never has been so difficult to satisfy this hunger and quench this thirst. Nouwen, Henri J. M.. Here and Now: Living in the Spirit (p. 148). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition. “Spanning the globe to … Continue reading “Love is one of the most profound emotions known to human beings.”

‘Family’ and ‘familiar’ both come from the Latin ‘familia’, meaning household servants.

Two of the most important ways of leaving father, mother, brother, and sister are forgiveness and gratitude. Can we forgive our family for not having loved us as well as we wanted to be loved? Nouwen, Henri J. M.. Here and Now: Living in the Spirit (p. 137). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition. Last … Continue reading ‘Family’ and ‘familiar’ both come from the Latin ‘familia’, meaning household servants.

Compassion—which means, literally, “to suffer with”…

How is it possible to make compassion the center of our lives? As insecure, anxious, vulnerable, and mortal beings—always involved, somehow and somewhere, in the struggle for survival—competition seems to offer us a great deal of satisfaction. Indeed, the main spiritual question is not, “What difference do you make?” but “What do you have in … Continue reading Compassion—which means, literally, “to suffer with”…

con·ver·sion – the process of changing or causing something to change from one form to another.

Chapter 4 Conversion The Spirit of love says: “Don’t be afraid to let go of your need to control your own life. Let me fulfill the true desire of your heart.” Nouwen, Henri J. M.. Here and Now: Living in the Spirit (p. 59). The Crossroad Publishing Company. The idea of conversion is transformation, or … Continue reading con·ver·sion – the process of changing or causing something to change from one form to another.

SWEET & SOUR…

Chapter 3: Suffering Jesus shows, both in his teachings and in his life, that true joy often is hidden in the midst of our sorrow, and that the dance of life finds its beginnings in grief. Nouwen, Henri  Here and Now: Living in the Spirit (p. 42). The Crossroad Publishing Company. Kindle Edition. Sweet and … Continue reading SWEET & SOUR…

It begins…

Chapter 1: Living In The Present Imagine that we could walk through the new year always listening to a voice saying to us: “I have a gift for you and can’t wait for you to see it!” Imagine. Nouwen, Henri J. M.. Here and Now: Living in the Spirit (p. 16). The Crossroad Publishing Company. … Continue reading It begins…

Introduction…

Welcome to our first EPC Book Discussion! We will be experiencing "Here and Now: Living in the Spirit" by Henri Nouwen, moderated by Roger Snyder. I trust that these connections will make you aware that we are traveling together toward the Light, always encouraging each other to keep our eyes fixed on the One who … Continue reading Introduction…

About Henri Nouwen…

Our first book study is Here and Now: Living in the Spirit! This introspective and transformation book was written by Henri Nouwen. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=95&v=SsOb9p68pjY The internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor Henri Nouwen wrote 39 books on the spiritual life. He corresponded regularly in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish with hundreds … Continue reading About Henri Nouwen…