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January 06, 2004

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Kelly

What I love about blogging is that great reminders also emerge. I own two Henri Nouwen books and at least one is worth re-reading this winter...they are sitting right here next to me as I type:

"Life of the Beloved, Spiritual Living in a Secular World" (my mom gave to me)

"Gracias! A Latin American Journal" (I read in college before going to Tijuana on a community service trip)

I'm going to check out the website right now...thanks for rekindling an interest. It's addicitve, this sharing and learning, huh?

wendy

That's so great ... Cees - your influence continues.

Kelly

Me again...I just came across this quote by Nouwen that relates in a way to what you were saying about the "fruits" of blogging; I just had to jump back online and share it before heading off to sleep:

"Hospitality:
...means primarily the creation of a free space where the stranger can enter and become a friend
...is not to change people, but to offer them space where change can take place
...is the liberation of fearful hearts so that words can find roots and bear ample fruit."

wendy

I love that ... thank you so much for sharing it. It reminds me again how glad I am for the blogging world and the friends I've met this way. It is a blessing.

Rose

This is beautiful! Is it a Christian site or a site for all faiths?

wendy

Well, its a Christian site - Henri Nouwen was a Catholic priest. I'm not really religious in the organized religion kind of way, but, I find most of what I've seen there helpful - in the spiritual/wisdom sense. I looked at the book 'Bread for the Journey' in the bookstore today and found some of it quite 'Catholic' and other parts of it more generic. I guess it doesn't matter in the end what religion the teaching is from if you get something from it?

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