Item 1630 - Do not worry all things will be given: spiritual life

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1630

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Do not worry all things will be given: spiritual life

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  • September 1980 (Creation)

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4 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a 3 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘ Do Not Worry, All Things will be Given’, published in the Catholic Agitator September, 1980, Vol. 10 No. 7, pp. 1 – 3. Nouwen begins the article by stating ‘Worrying is such a part and parcel of our daily life that not worrying seems not only impossible but even undesirable’. Nouwen then outlines his intentions for the article, ‘In the first section I will discuss how worrying affects our daily life. In the second part I hope to show how Jesus responds to our paralyzing worries by offering us a new life, a life in the Spirit. Finally, in the last section I want to offer some specific disciplines which can cause our worries to slowly lose their power over us and allow us to experience unceasingly the freedom of God’s Spirit’. In Part I Nouwen speaks of our lives as being filled with busyness and yet also being unfulfilled. In Part II, Nouwen points to Jesus’ busy and yet focused life and suggests that Jesus in his Spirit wants that for us too. ‘Poverty, pain, struggle, anguish, agony and even inner darkness may continue to be part of our experience. They might even be God’s way of purifying us. But life is no longer boring, lonely, resentful or depressing because we have come to know that everything that happens is part of our way to the house of the Father’. In Part III Nouwen speaks of the need each of us has for both solitude and community as the way to this fulfilment.

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Preservation photocopy available in Articles by Nouwen Access Copy Box 2.

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Published in Catholic Agitator 10, no. 7 (September 1980): [cover] and 1-3.
This item was published in a revised form as Nouwen, Henri, Making All Things New: An invitation to the Spiritual Life, HarperCollins, New York, 1981.

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2000 01

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Box 295

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20-85

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