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Draft of The spirituality of the religion teacher

File consists of a typescript of "The Spirituality of the Religion Teacher: The Road to Emmaus. Luke 24:13-35", a homily given by Nouwen at the National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Religious Education Congress at St. Patrick's Cathedral (New York, NY), on April 22, 1981. Nouwen compares the vocation of teaching religion to Jesus who joined the apostles on the road to Emmaus. Nouwen argues that Jesus created space for a real encounter. He invited them to listen (obedience) to the Scriptures about himself. Jesus went beyond dogma to break bread with the apostles and to allow them to recognize who He truly was. He gave them the truth. Nouwen concludes that all teaching leads us deeper into a relationship with God.

Drafts of Baccalaureate sermon

File consists of two typescripts of "Baccalaureate Sermon: Yale Divinity School", a paper given at the Baccalaureate service for ministers at Yale Divinity School. The themes of the paper are ministry, love, and downward mobility. He argues that the minister must love the Lord, must feed the sheep (and be fed by them), and must be led where s/he would rather not go.

Drafts of Commencement sermon

File consists of a draft typescript of "Commencement Sermon: Princeton Theological Seminary". The themes of the paper are ministry, love and downward mobility. He argues that the minister must love the Lord, must feed the sheep (and be fed by them), and must be led where (s)he would rather not go. This is the same paper that Nouwen gave at the Baccalaureate ceremony at Yale Divinity School.

Draft of marriage homily for Bob and Dana Massie

File consists of a draft manuscript of the marriage homily given at the wedding of Bob and Dana Massie. Nouwen bases his homily on the scripture passage, "Love one another as I have loved you". He follows the themes of intimacy, fecundity and ecstasy.

Notes for Waiting patiently in expectation in the foundation of the spiritual life

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen entitled, "Waiting Patiently in Expectation in the Foundation of the Spiritual Life", "Psalm 62: Listening" and "Speaking". These are likely the preliminary notes for lectures Nouwen gave as a requirement for his Spring, 1983, position as the Horace De Y. Lentz Lecturer at Harvard Divinity School. It is also possible that Nouwen wrote these notes in preparation for his Lenten lecture series at the Champion Renewal Center (Weston, MA), in 1984.

Notes on Arab-Jewish youth

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for a lecture on Arab-Jewish relations, with particular attention to youth. This lecture took place on April 8, 1984, in the Brawn Room. The event was entitled, "Fellowship in Israel for Arab and Jewish Youth".

Notes for A spirituality of transition

File consists of handwritten notes on "A Spirituality of Transition" (of variously-abled people), a lecture Nouwen gave to the priests of the Boston Archdiocese.

Draft of The lessons from Latin America for ministry

File consists of a draft typescript of "The Lessons from Latin America for ministry", a talk Nouwen gave to St. John's Seminary (Chestnut Hill, MA). The three sections of the talk are: 'The lesson of solidarity', 'The lesson of receptivity', and 'The lesson of generosity'.

Draft of Charge to the witnesses

File consists of a draft typescript of "Charge to the Witnesses", a talk Nouwen gave at the Commissioning Service for the Massachusetts Witness for Peace Delegation on March 3, 1984.

Draft of The mystery of the passion

File consists of a draft typescript of "The Mystery of the Passion", a talk given by Nouwen in which he discusses the theme of Rublev's icon and the house of love. Some of these ideas were later published in "Behold the Beauty of the Lord" (1987). It likely that this is a transcript of the talk, taken by an audience member and sent to Nouwen.

Notes on Alexander Solzhenitsyn

File consists of correspondence, newspaper clippings, and handwritten notes by Nouwen and two copies of a draft typescript entitled, "One Word of Truth". All material in the file relates to an informal talk Nouwen likely gave at the home of his brother, Laurent Nouwen, on Alexander Solzhenitsyn.

Notes for A spirituality of struggle

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for "A Spirituality of Struggle", a talk he gave within the context of Latin America. Nouwen discusses themes of the house of love and the house of fear, solidarity, and receptivity.

Notes for Election

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for "Election: God Choses [sic] Me", a talk on election and vocation. It is apparent Nouwen wanted to talk about how to live concretely as a follower of Christ.

Notes for lecture on the Good Shepherd

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for a talk on the Good Shepherd. It is possible that this talk may have been for Nouwen's course, 'Introduction to the Spiritual Life', in either 1984 or 1985.

Notes for lecture on ecstasy

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for a lecture on the concept of ecstasy. Some of these ideas were more fully expressed in "Lifesigns" (1986).

Notes for Only one thing is needed

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for "Only One Thing is Needed", a sermon by Nouwen on Luke 10:38-42. He gave the sermon at Yale Divinity School on March 4, 1985. A general theme is prayer.

Drafts of meditations

File consists of a hard-bound volume of draft manuscripts and typescripts for meditations by Nouwen, written for talks given in the Spring of 1985. The first are Lenten meditations which Nouwen gave at St. Paul's Church (Cambridge, MA). The second are meditations on the psalms, in the context of a service of prayer and song, presented through the Harvard Divinity School. The psalms discussed are psalm 139, psalm 38, psalm 51, psalm 23, psalm 85, psalm 2, psalm 91, psalm 55, psalm 22, psalm 16, psalm 145, and psalm 138.

Transcript of The power of love and the power of fear

File consists of a typed transcript of "The Power of Love and the Power of Fear", a talk Nouwen gave at the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Breakfast, 197th General Assembly, Presbyterian Church (Indianapolis, IN). Nouwen spoke on prayer, resistance and community. These are themes he explored in his unpublished manuscript, "A Spirituality of Peacemaking". This transcript was likely taken by someone in the audience, and sent to Nouwen.

Draft of Prayer and poor

File consists of a copy of handwritten notes by Nouwen for a talk on "Prayer and Poor". This might have been written for a talk given at a L'Arche conference or an Assistants' meeting at L'Arche Daybreak.

Draft of Waiting for God

File consists of a draft manuscript for a talk or sermon on the theme of waiting for God.

Drafts of The peace that is not of this world

File consists of draft typescripts of "The Peace That is Not of This World", a lecture given by Nouwen at St. Paul's Catholic Church, Harvard University, on February 10, 1987. Draft (1) includes a cover letter to some members of L'Arche Daybreak for their comments on the text.
File also includes a typed table of contents for "Seeds of Hope" (1990), an anthology of Nouwen's works edited by Robert Durback, which includes this lecture; two photocopies of the article as it was published in Weavings magazine; and correspondence between Nouwen or Connie Ellis (Nouwen's administrative assistant), and two editors requesting permission to re-print the article. File also includes a copy of About Issues (Aug.-Sept. 1988).

Drafts of L'Arche and the world

File consists of draft manuscript and typescript of "L'Arche and the World", a talk Nouwen gave at the Federation of L'Arche in Rome, in May 1987. File includes a copy of a French translation of the talk used in a publication.

Draft of Some reflections on priestly formation

File consists of a draft typescript of "Some Reflections on Priestly Formation", a talk given by Nouwen in which he discusses the three aspects of formation in downward mobility: formation in prayer, formation in community, and formation in ministry. It is not known where Nouwen gave this talk, or if it has been published.

Draft of Thoughts for Holy Week

File consists of a draft typescript of an article entitled, "Thoughts for Holy Week". This article consists of three stylized letters addressed to the L'Arche Daybreak community from Nouwen, written during his stay in Winnipeg. Nouwen is writing as pastor to the people of the community. The letter for Holy Thursday is about the washing of the feet that is traditionally done at Daybreak. The Good Friday letter speaks of Jesus' gift of the Eucharist before his death. In his Easter Sunday letter, Nouwen tells the Daybreak community that Easter is something that happens first in our hearts.

Drafts of Prayer and health care

File consists of the original computer typescript of "Prayer and Health Care", a talk that Nouwen first presented at the 50th Anniversary of the Catholic Health Association of Canada (CHAC) (Ottawa, ON), on October 25, 1989. It appears that he worked further on this talk for another presentation to Catholic Health Association in 1990. File includes two partial typescripts and a second complete computer typescript dated November 2, 1989.

Draft of Do you love me?

File consists of draft manuscript for "Do you love me?", likely a talk by Nouwen on Christian leadership. Nouwen was speaking on this subject from 1989 (when he published "In the Name of Jesus"), until at least 1991. In this talk, he uses the headings "Do you love me?" and "Feed my sheep", both of which are chapter headings in "In the Name of Jesus".

Drafts of miscellaneous talks

File consists of a soft-bound notebook with draft manuscripts for Nouwen's various speaking engagements, as well as journal entries from his visit to Lourdes, France. The notebook contains: "At the Beginning of the New Decade"; notes for a L'Arche retreat in France; notes for a lecture at Regis College (Toronto, ON), entitled, "Claiming the Light"; and notes for talk at National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) conference.

Draft of Claiming our belovedness

File consists of two draft typescripts of "Claiming Our Belovedness", a talk given by Nouwen at the fifth annual Summer Institute for Priests, Seton Hall University (South Orange, NJ), on July 1, 1992. The 2nd draft is a photocopy with annotations/edits in Sue Mosteller's hand.

Notes for eulogy for Connie Ellis

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for a eulogy given at the funeral of Connie Ellis, his administrative assistant. File includes a typescript of a prayer for Ellis.

Transcript of Spirituality of Fund Raising

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen and a typed transcript of "Spirituality of Fund Raising", a talk given by Nouwen to the Marguerite Bourgeoys Family Service Foundation on September 16, 1992. It is not known when this transcript was prepared.

Drafts of A time to mourn, a time to dance

File consists of four draft typescripts of "A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance: A Celebration of the Spirit in Healing", a talk given by Nouwen at Celebration 25 - Christian Counselling Services, University of Toronto, on Tuesday, February 4, 1992. Later drafts were used in preparation for publication.
Folder (1) contains drafts (1) to (3); folder (2) contains drafts (4) and (5). Draft (1) is an early computer typescript and includes annotations in an unknown hand. Draft (2) is dated March 9, 1992. Draft (3) contains annotations by Conrad Wieczorek and includes a letter from him to Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant. Draft (4) is a revised copy incorporating Wieczorek's corrections. Draft (5) is a revised copy with sub-headings removed. File also includes a partial, annotated typescript of the introduction to this talk.

Notes for A time to mourn, a time to dance

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for "A Time to Mourn, A Time to Dance", a talk he gave at Celebration 25 - Christian Counselling Services, on Tuesday, February 4, 1992.

Notes for Health care

File consists of handwritten notes for "Health Care: Caring for the Whole Person", a talk given by Nouwen in which he describes that, for care givers, helping a person survive and helping a person live are two different things. Health care fails because care givers do not attend to where the person came from and where the person may be going. Nouwen uses the theme of being taken, blessed, broken, and given. These ideas were later published in "With Burning Hearts" (1994).

Draft of sermon on John 3:15

File consists of a draft manuscript for a sermon on John 3:15, "God so loved the world that he gave his only Son so that everyone who believes in him may not be lost but may have eternal life." Through his examples, Nouwen appears to be speaking to wealthy and powerful people.

Transcript of An evening with Henri Nouwen

File consists of a typed transcript of "An Evening with Henri Nouwen", a talk given at St. James' Church (New York, NY), on November 11, 1993. The transcript was prepared by an unknown person in attendance during the talk. Nouwen spoke about the spiritual life, how to be guided by the Spirit, and the disciplines of the spiritual life: solitude, prayer, community, and care.

Notes for Two voices, two faces

File consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for "Two Voices, Two Faces", written on a Calendar File folder of a talk for teachers at Resurrection Catholic Secondary School (Kitchener, ON), on April 17, 1993. It is not known if these notes are related to the event. Nouwen refers to two voices: one of comparing and competing, and the other of compassion and love. He also refers to two faces: one of demanding and competing looks, and the other of love.

Transcript of An evening with Henri Nouwen

File consists of a typed transcript of "An Evening with Henri Nouwen: From Resentment to Gratitude", a talk given at Grant McEwan Community College (Edmonton, AB), on March 12, 1994. The talk was sponsored by the Edmonton L'Arche Association.

Notes from Peru

Item consists of a small soft-bound notebook, likely purchased by Nouwen in Peru. Notes appear to be regarding vocabulary, scheduling, addresses, notes for sermons, and other miscellaneous notes.

Notes

Item consists of a hard-bound, black, legal-sized notebook. Notes are regarding a prayer written in an unknown hand and sermons. Subjects of sermon notes include L'Arche; John 6:1-15; living in joy; John 21:17-19; Servant Leadership: The Disciplines of Discipleship; and Can You Drink the Cup? (Matthew 20:20-23).

Notes

Item consists of a large hard-bound notebook featuring a cat and spider on its cover. Notebook contains Nouwen's biographical notes on Lorenzo Sforza-Cesarini.

Notes

Item consists of a small orange hard-bound notebook featuring musical notes on its cover. The notebook is entitled, "Adagio: Musical Reflections", but is otherwise blank.

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