Item 2170 - Clowning in Rome: reflections on solitude, celibacy, prayer, and contemplation

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CA ON00389 1-9-7-2170


Clowning in Rome: reflections on solitude, celibacy, prayer, and contemplation


  • 1979 (Creation)

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110 p. of textual records

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Item consists of a book which Nouwen wrote based on four lectures given to the English-speaking community in Rome, calling attention to four clown-like elements in the spiritual life. The book has been divided into the following: Introduction; I: Solitude and Community; II: Celibacy and the Holy; III: Prayer and Thought; IV: Contemplation and Ministry; Conclusion.
As is stated on the back cover: "During these five months in Rome it wasn't the red cardinals nor the Red Brigade who had the most impact on me . . . the real and true story was told by the clowns. . . . The clowns remind us with a tear and a smile that we are sharing the same human weakness."

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Garden City, NY : Image Books, 1979.

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Dedication: "to the memory of a very humble man Pope Paul VI".

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2000 01

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