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University of St. Michael's College, John M. Kelly Library, Special Collections Item
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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 inviting someone to dinner is also an invitation to intimacy, and that so is the Eucharist.

Valentine greeting

Item consists of 1 embossed picture postcard with a divided back with a Valentine's greeting and flowers. The postcard has 1 series of 1902 Franklin one cent stamp.

Doctoral examinations in Psychology certificate

Item consists of a certificate from the University of Nijmegen faculty of Literature and Philosophy, dated February 3, 1964. This certificate declares that Nouwen has completed his examinations, cum laude, for a doctoral degree in Psychology. The back of the certificate is in Dutch and Latin, and certifies that the doctorandus was completed in psychology, with the primary subject being the Psychology of Religion and Culture, and secondary subjects being Sociology and Social Geography.

Intimacy and solitude

Item consists of a typescript of "Intimacy and Solitude", a lecture given by Nouwen at Fordham University. Nouwen discusses how we seek intimacy more out of desperation because we are so busy and so preoccupied with all the expectations of a busy life. He gives solitude and community as the two disciplines necessary to find intimacy, first with God and then with others.

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 immortality, we see the preciousness of the gift of our lives, we fast and go beyond human realities, and we realize that the text is Good News. He talks about Lent, Palm Sunday and the spirituality of suffering.

A happy Easter

Item consists of 1 picture postcard with a divided back from the Raphael Tuck & Son's "Easter Fancies" series, no. 763, with a boy feeding a rabbit. The postcard has 1 George Washington one cent U.S. postage stamp.

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 priestly vocations, which causes him to reflect on priesthood and vocation.

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 Jesus heard on the mountain early in the morning. Community is being called by the same voice. Ministry is born in silence.

Completion of Clinical Pastoral Training certificate

Item consists of a certificate from Topeka State Hospital certifying Nouwen’s satisfactory completion of two quarters of Clinical Pastoral Training from September 1964 to March 1965. It is signed by Superintendent Dr. Alfred Paul Bay and Chaplain Supervisor Rev. Charles E. Hall.

Loving Easter wishes

Item consists of 1 embossed picture postcard with a divided back with Easter greetings and two chicks and a basket of eggs. The postcard has 1 series of 1902 Franklin one cent stamp.

A tramp in the snow

Item consists of 1 picture postcard with a divided back of two people walking though snow. The postcard has 1 George V admiral issue two cents Canada postage stamp.

St. Patrick's day

Item consists of 1 picture postcard with a divided back of two two children and a St. Patrick's Day greeting. The postcard has 1 George V admiral issue two cents Canada postage stamp.

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