Item 1682 - Bearing fruit in the Spirit: the gifts of God's love

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1682

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Bearing fruit in the Spirit: the gifts of God's love

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  • July 1985 (Creation)

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5 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a 5 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled: Bearing Fruit in the Spirit, The House of God a Home amid an Anxious World, published in Sojourners, July 1985, Vol. 14, No. 7, pp. 26 – 30. This is part two of a three part series. Nouwen begins the article by speaking of the life-giving quality of fecundity in a world that seldom appears to experience that. Nouwen follows this with a section entitled, Fecundity and Fear. Here Nouwen identifies sterility and productivity as possible manifestations of a fearful approach to life-giving forces and fecundity. ‘In our contemporary society, with its emphasis on accomplishment and success, we often live as if being productive is the same as being fruitful’. In this section Nouwen writes of his experience with Jean Vanier and the people of L’Arche who showed him the life-giving gift of people who appear to ‘accomplish’ little. In the next section Nouwen writes of Fecundity and Love. He identifies three aspects of the fruitful life as ‘vulnerability, gratitude and love’ and discusses each in detail. Nouwen concludes the article with the section entitled: Fecundity and Mission. Here he begins by stating, ‘When we come to experience intimacy with God as including all of humanity, it will become clear that fecundity also has a global quality’. Nouwen goes on to say, ‘One of the most compelling aspects of the Spirit of Jesus is that it always sends us forth to bring and receive the gifts of God to and from all peoples and nations’. Nouwen suggests that our world would be very different if we recognized that there is something for us to receive from others, not just to give to them. He concludes the article by saying ‘ If giving and receiving the fruits of the intimate love of God for all people were our main concern, peace would be near’.

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Reference copy available in file.
Access copy available in Access Copies - Published Works, Articles by Nouwen, Box 1.

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Item is 2 of a series of 3 articles. See also Published works series, box 296, items 1680 and 1685.

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Published in Sojourners 14, no. 7 (July 1985): 26-30.
This item has been published in revised form in: Nouwen, Henri: Lifesigns, Intimacy, Fecundity and Ecstasy in Christian Perspective, Image Books, Doubleday, New York, 1986.

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2000 01

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Box 296

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43-277

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