Item 1554 - Find your center

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CA ON00389 F4-9-1-1554

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Find your center

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  • [May 3, 1974] (Creation)

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1 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a half page article by Henri Nouwen entitled: Find Your Center, published in the National Catholic Reporter, May 3, 1974. This article is a continuation of Nouwen’s article from the National Catholic Reporter, April 26, 1974. He introduces this article by saying,” To live a Christian life means to live in the world without being of it. It is in solitude that this inner freedom can grow”. The entire article is a development of his statement that” A life without a lonely place, that is, a life without a quiet center,, easily becomes destructive since by clinging to the results of our actions as our only way of self-identification we become possessive and defensive and tend to look at our fellow human beings more as enemies to be kept at a distance than as friends with whom we share the gifts of life”. Nouwen discusses the importance to Jesus of his times of solitude and silence which fed his ministry and enabled him to face his death. The article concludes,” When you are somewhere able to create the lonely place in the middle of your actions and concerns, your successes or failures can slowly lose some of their powers over you.”

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Published in National Catholic Reporter, [3 May 1974].
"5/3/74" written on the article.
This article is adapted as part of the First Meditation chapter in Nouwen, Henri: Out of Solitude, Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, Indiana, 1974.
There is a head shot photo of Nouwen, taken by Ron van den Bosch. See P6433 on Page 11 of Album 3 for a full-size version of the photo.

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2000 02

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Box 294

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