Item 1773 - Forgiveness: the name of love in a wounded world

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1773

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Forgiveness: the name of love in a wounded world

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  • March - April 1992 (Creation)

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10 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a 10 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘Forgiveness: The Name of Love in a Wounded World’, published in ‘Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life’, Vol. VII, No. 2, March/April 1992, pp. 6 – 15. The thoughts found in this article are identified as later to be found in Nouwen’s book, “The Life of the Beloved’. Nouwen begins the article by stating that in the stress and pressure of modern life he had ‘begun to wonder whether there was a single, simple word that might address the deep yearning of contemporary men and women for hope, trust, love and a vision larger than their own changing perspectives…That word is Beloved’. Nouwen goes on to describe how he began to see that word as applying to himself and to all; that it is a word of love from our ‘first love’, God. Nouwen sees self-rejection as one of the most powerful forces to be overcome in order to see ourselves as beloved. Nouwen suggests that we tend to seek our self-worth from human loves which of their nature will fail us. Nouwen goes on to describe ‘the experience of being called the Beloved is the experience of communion’, which he believes is the longing of all human hearts. ‘The treasure of communion is hidden in the ground on which we stand. That is our holy ground’. Nouwen then writes of the power of forgiveness, ‘Forgiveness is the name of love practiced among people who love poorly’…’we need to forgive and be forgiven every day, every hour…’ Finally Nouwen writes of the freedom to love that comes with awareness of being the Beloved. ‘Once we are free from the expectation of rewards, we no longer select those to whom we offer our love’.

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Access copy available in Access Copies - Published Works, Articles by Nouwen, Box 2.

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Published in Weavings 7, no. 2 (March-April 1992): 6-15.This item is identified as material later to be found in: Nouwen, Henri, ' Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World', The Crossroad Publishing Company, N.Y. 1992.

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2000 01

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Box 298

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61-398

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