Bless It with Henri Nouwen

Roben Mounger

3 Stars

January 2, 2018

Iknow without doubt; where I put my attention, so goeth my life.  Each morning this coming year, I will set my sites on gratitude with a daily reading from a collection drawn by the talks, writings and letters of Henri J. M. Nouwen.  The meditations therein were compiled by Gabrielle Earnshaw, the curator of the Henri Nouwen Archives and Research Center. 

Nouwen was a Dutch-Catholic priest who was engaged in social justice and community.  For many years, he lived in a community of intellectually disabled men and women at L’Arch Daybreak. His documented experiences call us to see that even the pain and suffering in life can provide simple thresholds to fullness of being and an added appreciation for living.

I plan each morning to open my copy of You Are the Beloved and stream a roadmap to the essentials of being alive. Nouwen reflects on such thought provokers as: letting go, a new vision of maturity, what we’re looking for is already here and passages to new life. I can use some extra doorknobs on those topics and the hundreds of others that the book offers for introspection.

This hardback book is downright friendly in the way it rests in the hand. Each page is numbered by date in the top corner and contains plenty of free space to aid in your quiet approach to the day.  

To get the lay of the land, I started by reading the last meditation, noting that I will read it again on December 31, 2018.   And with a promise from Nouwen: You are in communion with God and with those whom God has sent you.  What is of God will last, “ I will undertake the year’s commitment.”