Item 1751 - A glimpse behind the mirror: reflections on death and life

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1751

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A glimpse behind the mirror: reflections on death and life

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  • November - December 1989 (Creation)

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11 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item is an 11 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘A Glimpse behind the Mirror: Reflections on Death and Life’ published in Weavings, A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life, Vol. IV, No. 6, November/December 1989, PP. 13 – 23. This article is about Nouwen’s experience with possible death after a road accident. Nouwen begins the article by describing the accident, his experience of the hospital emergency room and intensive care ward. Nouwen describes his gradual awareness that he might die; that he was at peace. ‘I kept thinking that dying was quite possible and that I had to prepare myself and my friends for it. And so I let myself enter a place I had never been before: the portal of death.’ Nouwen describes his experience of the presence of the love of Jesus and his deep sense of wanting to make the journey of dying to life. Nouwen is hesitant however because he knows there are relationships unhealed and forgiveness not yet given nor received. Nouwen slowly realizes that he will not die and believes that he has work to do. ‘I believe that I am asked to proclaim the love God in a new way.’ Pondering the way Jesus was in the world Nouwen asks, ‘Can I become like Jesus and witness to what I have seen? Yes, I can live in God and speak to the human reality’. Nouwen concludes the article with a quote from Phil. 1:21 -26, words of Paul that Nouwen hopes will be his guide.

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Access copies (2) available in Access Copies - Published Works, Articles by Nouwen, Box 1.

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Published in Weavings 4, no. 6 (November - December 1989): 13-23.
An expanded version of this article was published as, Nouwen, Henri: Beyond the Mirror: Reflections on Death and Life, The Crossroad Publishing Company, N.Y., 1990.

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2000 01

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Box 297

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50-312

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