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Drafts of Intimacy

File consists of typescripts of three chapters (seven) of Nouwen's first book, "Intimacy". The chapters included are: 'From Magic to Faith' (originally a student lecture by Nouwen) (includes three copies in Dutch, one in English); 'The Priest and His Mental Health' (one copy; English); and 'The Challenge to Love' (two copies; based on lecture notes). File also includes a typescript of an article entitled, "On the Possibility and Desirability of Love", a precursor to the chapter, 'The Challenge to Love'.

Drafts of Aging

File consists of two typescripts of "Aging". Draft (1) is entitled, "Aging and Ministry", by Nouwen, with Peter J. Naus and Don McNeill, with many thanks to Walter Gaffney (1971 - 1974). Draft (2) is entitled, "Aging", by Nouwen and Walter J. Gaffney (Photography by Ron P. van den Bosch) (1974).

Drafts of Lifesigns

File consists of a photocopy of draft manuscripts of the Introduction, Chapter 1 ('Intimacy'), and part of Chapter 2 ('Fecundity'). Also includes an original handwritten manuscript for Section 2 of Chapter 2. File also includes a folder with notes possibly related to the manuscripts.

Photographs for Behold the beauty of the Lord

File consists of three photographs depicting a painting of an icon for use in "Behold the Beauty of the Lord". Two photographs depict the painting displayed on a easel, with grass and/or trees in the background, while the third photograph is a close-up of the painting. File also includes a blank photo card featuring a photograph entitled, "Restoration", and envelopes and a business card from Sooter's (Richmond Hill, ON).

Photograph card for Behold the beauty of the Lord

Item consists of a blank photo card featuring a photograph entitled, "Restoration." The photograph features a table with a table cloth, a lit candle, a brown and grey chalice, and a plate with a loaf of bread. An open book can be seen resting on the table behind the bread. Metal folding chairs can be seen in the background.

Notes by Nouwen for The road to Daybreak

File consists of notes by, or accumulated and annotated by, Nouwen in the process of preparing "The Road to Daybreak". File includes several copies of the notes and an original folder.

Drafts of Heart speaks to heart

File consists of a manuscript of the three prayers published in "Heart Speaks to Heart", including a note to Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant, from Nouwen. File also includes an early typescript of the Prologue, and a revised typescript of the complete text.

Drafts and notes for Mary, mother of the priest

File consists of handwritten notes and a draft manuscript, as well as six draft typescripts of various revised versions of "Mary, Mother of the Priests", a talk given by Nouwen at St. Michael's Cathedral (Toronto, ON), on May 31, 1988. The talk was given for Toronto priests in celebration of the Marian year. File includes correspondence with Sr. Sue Mosteller and Rev. Brad H. Massman with their comments on the manuscript. File also includes a draft of the talk in preparation for its publication by the Archdiocese of Toronto. Annotations on drafts (4) and (6) indicate that Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant, typed the final drafts.

Draft of Life of the Beloved

File consists of one draft of The Life of the Beloved by Nouwen. This draft contains two copies of a letter from Nouwen from September 27, 1991 on Daybreak letterhead, in which Nouwen explains why he wrote the manuscripts and what Fred Bratman thought of it. Nouwen writes "Fred was quite positive about the manuscript and felt that much of what I had written was very helpful, but he also was very clear that the manuscript presupposed too much and that many important questions secular people have were not touched at all." For this reason, Nouwen says that he has decided to do a lot more work on the manuscript, and he informs the readers of the letter that "the book will take a lot more work to finish and that I am committed to doing it."

The Flying Rodleighs - The Circus

File consists of a typescript of "The Flying Rodleighs - The Circus" (pages 1-32). File also contains a copy of "Circus Diary May 6th to 22nd, 1992." The first typescript ("The Flying Rodleighs") is likely the earlier of the two texts, and was an early draft of Nouwen's circus book.

Draft of The Flying Rodleighs - Chapters 1 and 2

File consists of typescripts of chapter I and chapter II of "The Flying Rodleighs." These typescripts are likely part of Nouwen's later work on his book about the circus. Nouwen describes his experience of going to the circus and meeting the Flying Rodleighs, and also describes his thoughts and emotions while learning more about the Rodleighs and their act.

Draft of Ministry and spirituality

File consists of a faxed manuscript for the introduction to "Ministry and Spirituality", sent to Kathy Christie, Nouwen's administrative assistant, by Nouwen on January 18, 1996, while he was in Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Draft of Christus in Israel

File consists of a soft-bound draft typescript of an article entitled, "Christus in Israel", written by Nouwen after a visit to Israel with his uncle Toon Ramselaar in the late 1950s or in 1960.

Draft of Joden in Israel

File consists of a soft-bound draft typescript of an article entitled, "Joden in Israel", written by Nouwen after a visit to Israel with his uncle Toon Ramselaar in the late 1950s or in 1960.

Drafts of Selma 1965

File consists of five copies (three original copies, two original mimeographs) of a draft typescript of "Selma 1965: naar de 'deep, deep south'", about Nouwen's participation in the civil rights march from Selma, AL, to Montgomery, AL, in 1965. Nouwen wrote this paper while a theological fellow in the program of religion and psychiatry at The Menninger Clinic (Topeka, KS).

Draft of In memory of Gus van der Woude

File consists of a draft typescript of "In Memory of Gus van der Woude, 15 August 1975: 'Till Human Voices Wake Us', Selections From the Diary of Gus van der Woude". Includes an introduction by John S. Mogabgab. The diary is edited by Mogabgab with Henri Nouwen.

Drafts of Joel and Joelito Filartiga

File consists of a draft typescript of an article entitled, "Joel and Joelito Filartiga: The Agonizing Cry of a Doctor Artist", that Nouwen wrote on the life and work of Dr. Joel Filartiga. This story, in a shortened form, appears in "Compassion" (1982), as do Filartiga's drawings.

Draft book review of We drink from our own wells

File consists of a draft typescript of a book review by Nouwen of Gustavo Gutiérrez's, "We Drink from Our Own Wells: The Spiritual Journey of a People" (Centro de Estudios y Publicaciones, 1984), for which Nouwen also wrote the Prologue. The draft review refers to a working title, "Drinking from Your Own Well". It also contains minor corrections made in an unknown hand.

Draft of The suffering Christ

File consists of galley proofs of the article, "The Suffering Christ: Peacemaking across the Americas". Draft contains annotations and corrections in Nouwen's hand and others.

Draft of A spirituality of peacemaking

File consists of copies of galley proofs of the article, "Prayer and Resistance: A Spirituality of Peacemaking", using the working title, "A Spirituality of Peacemaking".

Draft of The icon of the Virgin of Vladimir

File consists of a draft typescript of an article entitled, "The Icon of the Virgin of Vladimir: An Invitation to Belong to God". This article was published in Nouwen's book, "Behold the Beauty of the Lord: Praying with Icons" (1987).

Draft of L'icone de la Sainte-Trinité

File consists of a draft typescript of an article entitled, "L'Icone de la Sainte-Trinité". The article appears to have been intended for publication in a larger work because it includes page numbers (pages 15 to 18), and a colour reproduction of the icon. A version of this article was published in Feu et Lumière (1986). Nouwen's writing on icons was then later published in his book, "Behold the Beauty of the Lord" (1987).

Drafts of The life in faith

File consists of a draft manuscript and seven draft typescripts of the article, "The Life in Faith". This paper is a reflection based on the life of Jesus. Nouwen argues that Jesus wants us to be inspired by the Holy Spirit to believe all his teaching about the Father, the Spirit, and Himself. Not only does believing help us in our lives, but it also brings immense joy to the Father. Believers find brothers and sisters in other believers. Themes include Jesus, the spiritual life and faith. It is not known if this paper has been published. Annotations on drafts (6) and (7) indicate that Connie Ellis, Nouwen's administrative assistant, typed the manuscript on June 10, 1988.

Drafts of Becoming poor before God

File consists of notes entitled, "Formation", and two draft typescripts of an article entitled, "Becoming Poor Before God: Spiritual Formation at Daybreak". Describes how the Holy Spirit works through the poor and, in relationship with others, brings them to confidence and freedom. This was a talk Nouwen gave in Fall, 1988, for Spiritual formation at L'Arche Daybreak. Sue Mosteller's name has been deleted from draft (1) as a co-author.

Drafts of God's will, acceptance of

File consists of a draft manuscript and typescript of Nouwen's submission to the Dictionary of Pastoral Care and Counseling, entitled, "God's Will, Acceptance of".

Draft of Preparing for death

File consists of handwritten notes and a draft manuscript of the introduction to "Preparing for Death". This article is regarding death and Nouwen's second near death experience from an infection. It has been published recently in a revised edition of Nouwen's book, "Beyond the Mirror".

Drafts of Power, powerlessness and power

File consists of a draft manuscript and typescript of "Power, Powerlessness and Power", including related correspondence. Folder (1) contains a fax copy of a manuscript and typescript. Folder (2) contains faxed correspondence between Nouwen's administrative assistants, Kathy Christie and Lydia Banducci, and Marion Hollis, of L'Arche Limited (Suffolk, England) and Zizi (last name unknown). Includes a fax copy of an illustration by Zizi (last name unknown), that Nouwen intended to use with this article.

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 can also do so spiritually, by focusing on their weaknesses. Forgiveness is necessary.

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 her preparation for her call.

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 despair, it is dangerous and we are called to wake up and experience new light and new hope.

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.

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.

Sermon on Jesus changes the water into wine ... wine into His own blood

Item consists of a manuscript of a sermon on "Jesus changes water into wine ... and wine into His own Blood", in which he suggests that pain and suffering are so dominant that we seldom focus on joy, celebration and love, but God does. Nouwen uses Cana as a sign of God's joy.

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 that God writes to us to help us to renew our spirits.

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", which examines the authorship of the first three Chapters of this Gospel, and explores the idea that the writer was not actually Luke, but John or Mary. Part II of this talk is entitled, "Eschatological Perspective of the Birth of Christ." Nouwen summarizes prophecies, rather than personal experience, so as to link the person with the promise. Part III is entitled, "The Cultus-Perspective of the Birth of Christ", in which Nouwen finally explains that the birth in the gospel story is between the stories of Zachariah in the temple and the story of the Presentation in the temple. He concludes that the birth of Christ may also have been seen as a temple event.

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, but Jesus reminds us that we are fooling ourselves if we do not see that growth comes from our small and large sufferings.

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.

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 does creative work. It is a place where we find our center and prepares us for real encounters of friendship and intimacy. New life is born in silence.

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 something to happen between them. Henri comments on the way we meet people but we are full of ideas, worries and tensions, or we wait to impress the other, or we listen to see if we agree or disagree. Without concentrating on the person, without having room in ourselves to receive the person and what is being said, we miss the opportunity for a real meeting.

Lenten meditations

Item consists of a typescript of "Lenten Meditations: Battell", a sermon given by Nouwen at Battell Chapel during Lent. It is a reflection about suffering and hope using the story of Jesus on the Cross and how we can look at him and hear the words that are addressed to him. Nouwen suggests that Jesus' death helps us with our death, and that we need to reflect on the abundant mercy of God.

This is my Son, the Beloved, listen to Him

Item consists of a typescript of "This is my Son, the Beloved. Listen to Him", a sermon given by Nouwen about God as Father, Jesus as Son, and people as Beloved sons and daughters, on November 14, 1979.

Meditation on prayer

Item consists of handwritten notes and a typescript of an Advent meditation on prayer, written between November 21 and 28, 1979. The meditation is based on listening to gospel texts that speak of God's coming and presence.

Sermon on Do not worry

Item consists of a typescript of a sermon based on Jesus' words, "Do not worry", given by Nouwen on September 26, 1979. Nouwen describes how preoccupied we are with things that pass away quickly, whereas if we centre our hearts on God, we live a divine history with a certain perspective that holds us in the truth.

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