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Prayer and ministry

Item consists of a typescript of "Prayer and Ministry", a meditation by Nouwen based on Luke 9:28-36. Nouwen provides many examples of prayer and expounds on them using Jesus as the model. This meditation is less about ministry than it...

Sermon on death

Item consists of a typescript of a sermon by Nouwen using Luke 9:20-31. This sermon discusses death and the ways we can learn to live more easily with our own death.

Confession and forgiveness

Item consists of a manuscript and typescript of "Confession and Forgiveness", a sermon given to the Unitarian Fellowship (KS). Nouwen spoke on confession and forgiveness and suggests that just as we can treat people badly physically, we...

The immaculate conception of the blessed virgin Mary

Item consists of a manuscript of "The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary", a sermon given by Nouwen for Advent. Nouwen suggests that Mary believed and was therefore prepared when visited by the angel Gabriel. Her life was...

Sermon on joy and suffering

Item consists of a manuscript of a sermon on joy and suffering. Nouwen begins with: "It is remarkable how many books there are written about sorrow, grief, anxiety - and how few about job." He suggests that it is hard to be joyful, but u...

Sermon on Romans 13:10-12

Item consists of a manuscript of a sermon on Romans 13:10-12, which discusses rising from sleep. It is likely Nouwen gave this sermon during his time at the Menninger Foundation (Topeka, KS). He suggests that when we are sleeping the sleep of de...

On departure

Item consists of a typescript of "On Departure", a sermon given by Nouwen to priests and seminarians at Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame, on May 12, 1968. He speaks about departure and leaving based on St. John 16:4-7. Nouwen&...

Marriage homily for Rick and Margaret [last names unknown]

Item consists of a manuscript of a marriage homily given by Nouwen at the wedding of Rick and Margaret (last names unknown). Nouwen suggests a good marriage consists of giving to each other, giving to others, and giving to God, as well as forgivi...

Sermon on It is easier to give than to receive

Item consists of a manuscript on "It is easier to give than to receive", a sermon on Jesus' message. Nouwen suggests that the minister must first learn to receive others before being able to minister to them.

Why do you invite people for dinner?

Item consists of a manuscript of "Why do you invite people to dinner?", a sermon given by Nouwen to priests and seminarians at Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame, before the summer break. He writes about hospitality: that invitin...

Sermon on What do you think of the priest?

Item consists of a typescript of a sermon on "What do you think about the priest?", given by Nouwen to priests and seminarians at Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame, on April 24, 1967. Nouwen addresses the drop in the number of p...

Sermon on John 6:1-15

Item consists of a typescript of a sermon on John 6:1-15, the idea that receiving is harder than giving. Jesus gives the bread but only after he receives it from a small boy. Ministry is as much about receiving as giving.

Be renewed in the spirit of your mind

Item consists of a typescript of "Be Renewed in the spirit of your mind", a sermon given by Nouwen in which he suggests that green in nature is a sign of hope, just as for us the Bible is also a sign of hope. The Bible is like a letter ...

On balance

Item consists of a manuscript of "On Balance", a sermon in which Nouwen argues that we need to find a creative balance between dependence and independence; desire for closeness and desire for distance; commitment and detachment. He uses ...

Draft of sermon for Holland-America line

File consists of a draft manuscript of a sermon written on the back of four postcards for the Holland-America line. Nouwen was chaplain for this Trans-Atlantic passenger boat company in 1962. In this sermon, Nouwen begins with how easy it is to ...

Draft of The birth of Christ

File consists of a draft typescript of "The Birth of Christ", a lecture given by Nouwen on the story of the birth of Jesus as told in the Gospel of Luke. Part I of this talk is entitled, "The Reporter of the Birth of Christ", ...

Draft of sermon on intimacy

File consists of a draft typescript of a sermon by Nouwen on intimacy, given in The Netherlands on August 23, 1966. The typescript is printed on three cards. Nouwen works with themes of being known, opening ourselves to others, real friendship, ...

Drafts of sermons for Lent, Advent and Epiphany

File consists of draft typescripts for three sermons. The first sermon was written for Lent and is entitled, "Stilte: erste zonday van de vasten." It was given on February 23, 1969. The second was written for Christmas, and the third ...

Draft of sermon on 1 John 4:7-13

File consists of a draft typescript of a sermon on 1 John 4:7-13, given by Nouwen on (April 7, 1971?). The typescript refers to members of Nouwen's family.

Drafts of Collected sermons

File consists of a hard-bound volume of draft manuscripts and typescripts of sermons and lectures written by Nouwen while at Yale Divinity School (New Haven, CT).

Three meditations

Item consists of a typescript of "Out of Solitude". Includes the Preface, Chapter 1: 'Out of Solitude', Chapter 2: 'With Care', Chapter 3: 'In Expectation', and the Conclusion. These meditations were given...

How do we keep our lamps burning?

Item consists of the typescript of "How Do We Keep Our Lamps Burning?: A Sermon on Patience". Nouwen suggests that patience helps us live in the present beyond impatience and boredom to discover that the interruptions of our lives are o...

The clown

Item consists of a typescript of "The Clown", a sermon on clowns, ministry and weakness. Nouwen uses the circus as an image for our world. He suggests that people keep the circus functioning, as do people in our world. The clown is th...

Gratitude

Item consists of a typescript of "Gratitude", a sermon given by Nouwen for a Eucharistic service. Nouwen suggests that the spiritual life is one where we are not to master everything, but to be mastered; not to conquer, but to be conque...

Ministry as hospitality

Item consists of a typescript for "Ministry as Hospitality", a sermon given by Nouwen on June 11, 1972. These ideas were later published in "Reaching Out".

With care

Item consists of a typescript for "With Care: Mark 6:30-44", a talk on care of the sick and pastoral counseling. Nouwen argues that cure without care is more harmful than helpful, even in the professional setting. He asks: What does it...

Sermon on care

Item consists of a typescript of "With Care", a sermon on the care of the sick and pastoral counseling given by Nouwen at Harkness Chapel, Connecticut College, on March 10, 1974. Nouwen argues that cure without care is more harmful than...

Death and Christ

Item consists of a typescript for "Death and Christ", a sermon given by Nouwen in which he suggests that death, which we do not want to confront, is also a way to life. Nouwen looks at how we avoid death in our culture and how we need t...

Behold the man

Item consists of a typescript of "Behold the Man", a sermon in which Nouwen reflects and prays on John 19:1-6, an image of Jesus brought out by Pilate after his scourging. The sermon is about Jesus' suffering. Item includes three ...

Sermon on Palm Sunday

Item consists of a typescript of a Palm Sunday sermon. Nouwen argues that Jesus goes from Palm Sunday adulation to Good Friday condemnation, but has no illusions. He suggests that we identify with the easy victory of Palm Sunday and we want it, b...

Sermon on Ash Wednesday

Item consists of a manuscript for a sermon on Ash Wednesday. Nouwen comments on the text, "Whoever loses his life for my sake will find it." He suggests that by doing so we no longer deny our mortality, we unmask the illusions about im...

On silence

Item consists of a typescript of "On Silence", a sermon given by Nouwen on March 2, 1972. Nouwen suggests that silence is painful and we run from it, but we will not find God in the noise because God's is a still, small voice that ...

Silence

Item consists of a typescript of "Silence", a sermon given by Nouwen. Nouwen argues that our busyness is often a cover for our fear of silence and emptiness. Silence means rest and availability and in it the Spirit of God prays and doe...

About Zaccheus, who climbed the sycamore tree

Item consists of a typescript of "About Zaccheus, Who Climbed the Sycamore Tree", a sermon on the religious aspects of friendship. Nouwen argues that Zaccheus' openness to concentrate on Jesus with an openness to him, allows someth...

Advent

Item consists of a typescript of "Advent", a sermon given by Nouwen on December 15, 1971. Nouwen argues that in Advent we know that God is not going to come on Christmas. We expect God in lightning and disaster. But perhaps Advent is ...

Moratorium

Item consists of a typescript of "Moratorium", a sermon given by Nouwen on May 4, 1972, on non-violence and the peace movement. Nouwen argues that we cannot protest violence with violence, and that is what makes it hard. The expression...

Order of worship

Item consists of a typescript of an order of worship held in Marquand Chapel, Yale University, on Monday, November 6, (year unknown).

Out of the depths we want to cry to you O Lord

Item consists of a typescript of "Out of the Depths We Want to Cry to You O Lord", a sermon given by Nouwen during a memorial service for the dead in Indochina, held at the Battell Chapel, Yale University, on April 21, 1972. Includes a ...

Draft of Liturgy as hospitality

File consists of a draft typescript of "Liturgy as Hospitality", a talk presented at the Episcopal Liturgical Conference (Hamden, CT), on September 30, 1972. Nouwen writes that the Emmaus story reveals how the stranger becomes the intim...

Drafts of From resentment to gratitude

File consists of a draft typescript of "From Resentment to Gratitude", which Nouwen presented to the National Conference of Catholic Seminarians in Chicago, on April 28th, 1973. Nouwen discusses how the seminary can be a breeding place f...

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