Item 1638 - A self-emptied heart: the disciplines of spiritual formation

Identity area

Reference code

CA ON00389 1-9-1-1638

Title

A self-emptied heart: the disciplines of spiritual formation

Date(s)

  • August 1981 (Creation)

Level of description

Item

Extent and medium

3 p. of textual records

Context area

Name of creator

(1932-1996)

Archival history

Immediate source of acquisition or transfer

Content and structure area

Scope and content

This item is a three page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘A Self-Emptied Heart: The Disciplines of spiritual formation’, published in Sojourners, Vol. 10, No. 8, August , 1981, pp. 20 – 22. This is part three of a three part series. Nouwen begins this article by stating that discipleship requires discipline. He identifies three disciplines in particular: 1) the discipline of the church – ‘by which we remain in touch with the true story of God in history. Nouwen identifies the importance of the church community ,’ The attention to the presence of Christ in our own personal story can only remain free from self-deception when we remain attentive to the presence of Christ in the daily life of the church’. 2) The discipline of the book – here Nouwen emphasizes the necessity of reading the scriptures deeply and meditatively. 3) The discipline of the heart – ‘The discipline of the heart is the discipline of personal prayer which…leads us not just to our own heart, but to the heart of God’. Nouwen concludes this series of three articles, ‘We are called to follow Christ on his downwardly mobile road, tempted to choose the broad path of success, notoriety, and influence, and challenged to subject ourselves to spiritual disciplines in order to gradually conform to the image of our Lord Jesus Christ’.

Appraisal, destruction and scheduling

Accruals

System of arrangement

Conditions of access and use area

Conditions governing access

Conditions governing reproduction

Language of material

Script of material

Language and script notes

Physical characteristics and technical requirements

Finding aids

Allied materials area

Existence and location of originals

Existence and location of copies

Reference copy available in Articles by Nouwen Access Copy Box 2.

Related units of description

Item is 3 of a series of 3 articles. See Published works series, items 1636 and 1637.
This item contains material used in an article entitled 'Spiritual Direction' in Reflection, Jan 1981, pp 7-8. See Box 295, item 1634.

Publication note

Published in Sojourners 10, no. 8 (August 1981): 20-22.

Notes area

Alternative identifier(s)

Accession Number

2000 01

Location

Box 295

Previous Item Number

41-255

Access points

Subject access points

Place access points

Name access points

Genre access points

Rules and/or conventions used

Language(s)

Script(s)

Sources

Accession area

Related subjects

Related people and organizations

Related genres

Related places