Item 1769 - A time to mourn, a time to dance

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CA ON00389 F4-9-1-1769


A time to mourn, a time to dance


  • March 15, 1992 (Creation)

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This item is a 2 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘A Time to mourn, a time to dance’, published in the Toronto Catholic New Times, mediation section, 15 March, 1992, Vol. 16, No.6, pp. 8-9. It is indicated that this is taken from a talk by Nouwen given to ‘Celebration 25’ honouring the 25th anniversary of the founding of Christian Counselling Services in Toronto. It is part one of five parts. The archives has only the first 3 parts of the series. In the Introduction, Nouwen points to his sense that healing is not strictly the preserve of professionals. ‘It belongs to the heart of our Christian vision that all of us, whether we have degrees or not, are called to be healers’ through the Holy Spirit. Nouwen goes on to suggest however that the ‘first thing the Healing Spirit within us calls us to do is to mourn our losses…’. Nouwen identifies the many kinds of losses people experience and to suggest that ‘our survival instinct is to live as if they are not real, as if life goes on as usual nothing really happens’. Nouwen goes on to say, ‘true healing starts at the moment that we can face the reality of our losses and let go of the illusions of control…I do believe that the Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of love, is given to us to reach out beyond our fears and embrace the reality of our losses. That is what mourning is all about’.

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Published in Catholic New Times 16, no. 6 (March 15, 1992): 8-9.
Item is 1st in a series of 5 articles. Archives only has the first 3 parts of the series. See Published works, box 298, items 1771 and 1777.
The themes raised in this article are expanded in, Nouwen, Henri: Turn My Mourning into Dancing, ed. Tim Jones, W Publishing Group, Nashville, 2001.
There are two black & white drawings by V. Van Gogh on the second page.

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