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Recording of Henri Nouwen speaking on the Gospel of St. John

Item consists of five audio cassettes of seminars on the topic of the Gospel of St. John given by Nouwen during his stay at L'Arche Trosly-Breuil in 1985-1986 at the request of Jean Vanier. Nouwen refers to this course in his work, "Road to Daybreak." SR2010 13 03 v1: "St. Jean I: Prologue- The glory of god", December 19, 1985; SR2010 13 03 v2: "Gospel of John: Spirituality and peacemaking"; the recording includes a discussion on the individual experience and proclamation of God. Though the cassette lists the date April 11, 1983 it is believed that the initial recording was taped over by the Gospel of John seminar sometime during 1986 when this seminar series was given. SR2010 13 03 v3: "St. Jean III: The movement of XT= downward prologue", January 1, 1986; SR2010 13 03 v4: "St. Jean IV", February 23, 1986; SR2010 13 03 v5 "St. Jean V- Sharing- Nocodeme", dated April 3, 1986. The content focuses on Bible passages in which Nicodemus is featured.

Recording of a homily by Henri Nouwen

Item consists of one audio cassette featuring a homily by Nouwen on October 27, 1985, likely at L'Arche Trosly-Breuil. The title of the homily was "Healing Bartimaeus" or "Guerison d'un Aveugle Bartimaeus". Nouwen focuses on the Gospel of Mark 10: 46-52, in which Bartimaeus was healed.

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Quebec

15 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Quebec, containing talks predominantly given by Jean Vanier. Also included are 2 cassettes of talks given by Rita Gagne. Audio cassettes contain the following speeches:

SR2004 03 95: #1 - Jésus aimait Lazare, Marthe et Marie
SR2004 03 96: #2 - Marthe et Marie
SR2004 03 97: #3 - L'Absence de Jésus, lieu de Compassion
SR2004 03 98: #4 - La complicité entre Jésus et le pauvre
SR2004 03 99: #5 - Bienheureux (Rita Gagne)
SR2004 03 100: #6 - La détresse devant la mort
SR2004 03 101: #7 - Le cri du pauvre révèle mon cri
SR2004 03 102: #8 - Jésus pleura
SR2004 03 103: #9 - Lazare, viens dehors
SR2004 03 104: #10 - La communion de l'accueil
SR2004 03 105: #11 - Souffle de dieu (Rita Gagne)
SR2004 03 106: #12 - Jésus pardonne
SR2004 03 107: #13 - Vivre la Communauté
SR2004 03 108: #14 - Marie oint les pieds de Jésus
SR2004 03 109: #15 - Marie, mère de compassion
SR2004 03 110: #16 - Célébrons! Let's celebrate!
SR2004 03 111: #17 - Viens, seigneur Jésus! Viens!

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Sherbrooke, Quebec

14 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Sherbrooke, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 81: #1 - Jésus, espérance de notre monde brisé
SR2004 03 82: #2 - Donne-moi à boire
SR2004 03 83: #3 - Ne vis plus dans l'illusion
SR2004 03 84: #4 - Le pauvre, source de vie
SR2004 03 85: #5 - Le désarroi de Pierre et la compassion de Marie
SR2004 03 86: #6 - Vivre dans la petitesse
SR2004 03 87: #7 - La Prière: Crie, repos et offrande
SR2004 03 88: #8 - La croissance dans l'Esprit: devenir une icone
SR2004 03 89: #10 - Le pardon dans la communauté
SR2004 03 90: #12 - Jésus nous lave
SR2004 03 91: #13 - Célébrons notre alliance
SR2004 03 92: #14 - Joseph, époux de Marie
SR2004 03 93: #15 - Être bon pasteur
SR2004 03 94: #16 - Marcher avec Jésus vers la libération

The archive contains a journal documenting the retreat at Sherbrooke in August 1985. The journal contains letters written by attendees at the retreat concerning their thoughts on the retreat and Jean Vanier. The journal, compiled by Rachel & Janvier Caron, can be found at the end of the series 'secondary sources'.

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Matane, Quebec

14 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Matane, Quebec, containing talks given by Jean Vanier. Audio cassettes contain the following speeches:

Box 13

SR2004 03 67: A - 1 - L'accueil de Jésus
SR2004 03 68: B - 2 - La samaritaine I
SR2004 03 69: C - 3 - La samaritaine II (suite)
SR2004 03 70: D - 4 - La paternité
SR2004 03 71: E - 5 - Le berger
SR2004 03 72: F - 6 - La souffrance
SR2004 03 73: G - 7 - Perdre
SR2004 03 74: H - 8 - Le pardon

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SR2004 03 75: I - 9 - Grandir
SR2004 03 76: J - 10 - La Commuante
SR2004 03 77: K - 11 - Marie et Joseph
SR2004 03 78: L - 12 - La priére
SR2004 03 79: M - 13 - L'alliance
SR2004 03 80: N - 14 - Emmaus

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Edmundston, Quebec

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SR2004 03 6: #1 - Le Mystère de Jésus a travers la vie
SR2004 03 7: #2 - La rencontre du seigneur
SR2004 03 8: #3 - Soif de rencontrer Jésus
SR2004 03 9: #4 - L'engagement: ses Exigences
SR2004 03 10: #5 - Appels vers les moins favorisés: ses exigences
SR2004 03 11: #6 - Pierre et Jean
SR2004 03 12: #7 - La Samaritaine
SR2004 03 13: #8 - Conversion a l'écoute de l'esprit saint
SR2004 03 14: #9 - L'action de dieu dans celui qui ses donne - Rôle de Marie et de Joseph
SR2004 03 15: #10 - Royaume des Béatitudes - Le bon Berger
SR2004 03 16: #11 - L'époux, celui qui aime - My Lord is my Healer
SR2004 03 17: #12 - Silence, prière

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SR2004 03 18: #13 - Façon dont L'esprit agit en nous - La Prière: ses Difficultés
SR2004 03 19: #14 - Rôle de l'autorité, amour fraternel - Immense évolution dans l'église
SR2004 03 20: #15 - Vie Commune
SR2004 03 21: #16 - Me voici, rapports hommes-femmes, fidélité qui transforme

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Rouyn, Quebec

16 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Rouyn, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

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SR2004 03 51: #1 - Fragilité
SR2004 03 52: #2 - Notre fragilité
SR2004 03 53: #3 - Notre besoin
SR2004 03 54: #4 - Le loup en nous
SR2004 03 55: #5 - Miséricorde

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SR2004 03 56: #6 - Nous sommes adultères
SR2004 03 57: #7 - Appel à l'amour (en double)
SR2004 03 58: #8 - L'amour vécu quotidiennement
SR2004 03 59: #9 - Poursuivre l'enseignement sur la vie quotidienne dans l'amour
SR2004 03 60: #10 - L'abandon à Dieu
SR2004 03 61: #11 - Croissance dans l'amour
SR2004 03 62: #12 - Un dieu qui se fait petit pour les petits
SR2004 03 63: #13 - Notre vulnerabilité (en double)
SR2004 03 64: #14 - Mystère de la paternité
SR2004 03 65: #15 - La Communauté
SR2004 03 66: #16 - Le Mystère de la souffrance

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Orleans, Ontario

14 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Orleans, Ontario. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 37: 79-40(1) - Viens à la fête
SR2004 03 38: 79-40(2) - Notre vulnerabilité
SR2004 03 39: 79-40(3) - La vulnerabilité du Jésus
SR2004 03 40: 79-40(4) - Dans la faiblesse, les semences d'espérance
SR2004 03 41: 79-40(5) - Être un berger
SR2004 03 42: 79-40(6) - Pardon et libération
SR2004 03 43: 79-40(7) - Why do we turn our eyes away
SR2004 03 44: 79-40(8) - Petitesse de la vie humaine
SR2004 03 45: 79-40(9) - Le mystère de la faiblesse humaine
SR2004 03 46: 79-40(10) - Croissance de l'esprit saint en nous
SR2004 03 47: 79-40(11) - Les exigences et les béatitudes de la communauté
SR2004 03 48: 79-40(12) - Le sens de la célébration
SR2004 03 49: 79-40(13) - Se nourrir pour grandir
SR2004 03 50: 79-40(14) - Nouveaux chemins de l'unité

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Toronto, Ontario

5 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Toronto, Ontario, containing talks given by Jean Vanier. The audio cassettes contain the following speeches:

Box 11

SR2004 03 32: #2 - La communauté dans la diversité est possible (suite)/Ne crains pas, le paraclet est avec nous
SR2004 03 33: #3 - Ne crains pas, le paraclet est avec nous (suite)/Le pauvre, quelqu'un qui appelle quelqu'un
SR2004 03 34: #4 - Le pauvre, quelqu'un qui appelle quelqu'un (suite)/L'Arbre Foi & Partage une semence qui grandit

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SR2004 03 35: #5 - L'Arbre Foi & Partage une semence qui grandit/La croissance, un Jésus qui dérange
SR2004 03 36: #6 - La croissance, un Jésus qui dérange (suite)/La croissance, un Jésus qui dérange (fin)

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Matane, Quebec

10 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Matane, Québec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 22: Jésus
SR2004 03 23: Le bon Samaritain - le prochain
SR2004 03 24: Ma faiblesse et ma force
SR2004 03 25: Visage des disciples - Pierre et Jean
SR2004 03 26: Les Bergers
SR2004 03 27: Célébration du pardon
SR2004 03 28: La vie de l'Esprit
SR2004 03 29: Les fruits de l'Esprit
SR2004 03 30: La prière
SR2004 03 31: La Communauté "Happening"

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Detroit, Michigan

12 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Detroit, Michigan. The cassettes contain the following talks, some introduced by an unidentifed man, given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 178: 1A - Come to me...and I will give you rest/Accepting suffering
SR2004 03 179: 1B - Mary/Accepting suffering
SR2004 03 180: 2A - Wounds of childhood/The wolf inside us
SR2004 03 181: 2B - The wolf inside us
SR2004 03 182: 3A - Paternity
SR2004 03 183: 3B - The fear of everydayness
SR2004 03 184: 4A - St Joseph/Double messages
SR2004 03 185: 4B - Double messages
SR2004 03 186: 5A - Be centered in faith/Growth and the need for nourishment
SR2004 03 187: 5B - Growth and the need for nourishment
SR2004 03 188: 6A - Community/covenant relationships/Returning with compassion to a broken world
SR2004 03 189: 6B - Returning with compassion to a broken world

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Toronto, Ontario

6 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Toronto, Ontario, containing talks given by Jean Vanier. The audio cassettes contain the following speeches:

SR2004 03 172: Le cri du pauvre nous invite à grandir/La communauté dans la diversité est possible
SR2004 03 173: La communauté dans la diversité est possible (suite)/Ne crains pas, le paraclet est avec nous
SR2004 03 174: Ne crains pas, le paraclet est avec nous (suite)/Le pauvre, quelqu'un qui appelle quelqu'un
SR2004 03 175: Le pauvre, quelqu'un qui appelle quelqu'un (suite)/L'Arbre Foi & Partage une semence qui grandit
SR2004 03 176: L'Arbre Foi & Partage une semence qui grandit (suite)/La croissance, un Jésus qui dérange
SR2004 03 177: La croissance, un Jésus qui dérange (suite)/Le bon samaritain

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Guelph, Ontario

6 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Guelph, Ontario. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier and other Faith and Sharing members including Bill Clark, Maggie Conrad, Bishop Fernand Lacroix, Cathleen Corbett, Sue Mosteller, Gilles Beauchemin, Pierre Desroches, Marc Rioux and Claire Leblanc:

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SR2004 03 166: The Grace of Faith and Sharing/La Grace de Foi et Partage (Jean Vanier, Maggie Conrad and Bill Clarke) - English
SR2004 03 167: The Eucharist/L'Eucharistie (Cathleen Corbett and Bishop Lacroix) - English
SR2004 03 168: Closing Eucharist (Bill Clarke and Sue Mosteller) - English
SR2004 03 169: La Parole/The Word (Gilles Beauchemin, Pierre Desroches) – French/Traduction de La première conférence de Jean Vanier

Box 19

SR2004 03 170: Les équipes/The Small Groups (Marc Rioux and Claire Leblanc)
SR2004 03 171: La dernière conférence/The Last Conference (Jean Vanier)

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Maritimes

12 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in the Maritimes. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 154: 1. The division of our world
SR2004 03 155: 2. Concern for our brother
SR2004 03 156: 3. Our weakness and God's love
SR2004 03 157: 4. The Living WORD- Listening
SR2004 03 158: 5. Peter and John
SR2004 03 159: 6. The gentleness of God
SR2004 03 160: 7. Community
SR2004 03 161: 8. The call of the spirit
SR2004 03 162: 9. Love
SR2004 03 163: 10. Suffering
SR2004 03 164: 11. Come, follow me
SR2004 03 165: 12. Our commitment to become like Jesus

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Kansas City, Missouri

11 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Kansas City, Missouri. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 143: Good news to the poor
SR2004 03 144: Our meeting with Jesus
SR2004 03 145: Jesus meets the samaritan woman
SR2004 03 146: To bear spirit, to be compassionate
SR2004 03 147: Jesus' incredible love for us
SR2004 03 148: Brighter than a thousand suns
SR2004 03 149: The mystery of body and of community
SR2004 03 150: The littleness of community
SR2004 03 151: My mystery of being and of growth...
SR2004 03 152: Jesus in the present and St Joseph
SR2004 03 153: One hundredfold/Persecution/Resurrection

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Trois-Rivières

11 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier, including one at the Basilique Notre-Dame du Cap:

Box 16

SR2004 03 132: #1 - Une retraite, temps de joie et de souffrance
SR2004 03 133: #2 - Jésus annonce sa Vision nouvelle: le pauvre au cœur de la société
SR2004 03 134: #4 - Ne crains, pas je t'aime
SR2004 03 135: #6 - La vie communautaire

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SR2004 03 136: #7 - Le pardon
SR2004 03 137: #8 - Se nourri pur Grandir
SR2004 03 138: #11 - La compassion de la croix de Jésus
SR2004 03 139: #12 - Moi non plus, je ne te condamne pas
SR2004 03 140: #13 – [Untitled – Retraite Foi et Partage conférence du jeudi soir Basilique Notre-Dame du Cap]
SR2004 03 141: #14 - Joseph époux de Marie, père de Jésus
SR2004 03 142: #16 - Être humain

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Chicoutimi, Quebec

11 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Chicoutimi, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 121: #1 - Jésus, espérance dans ce monde divisé
SR2004 03 122: #2 - Je veux habiter chez toi, aujourd'hui
SR2004 03 123: #4 - Le pauvre, source de vie
SR2004 03 124: #6 - La vulnerabilité de Jésus
SR2004 03 125: #7 - Les pauvres nous dérangent
SR2004 03 126: #8 - La compassion de Marie
SR2004 03 127: #10 - Vivre en famille et en communauté
SR2004 03 128: #12 - Moi non plus, je ne te condamne pas
SR2004 03 129: #13 - Le pardon au coeur de la communauté
SR2004 03 130: #14 - Croire dans l'esprit-saint
SR2004 03 131: #16 - Vivre l'amour dans le quotidien

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Montreal, Quebec

9 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Montreal, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

Box 15

SR2004 03 112: #01 - Suis-moi
SR2004 03 113: #02 - He looked at him and he loved him
SR2004 03 114: #03 - La communauté, source de vie et de croissance
SR2004 03 115: #04 - La communauté, lieu de souffrance et de pardon

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SR2004 03 116: #05 - The poor, a path to unity
SR2004 03 117: #06 - Community: a place of joy and celebration
SR2004 03 118: #07 - Le pauvre, source d'espérance dans notre monde brisé
SR2004 03 119: #08 - Annoncer la bonne nouvelle de la paix
SR2004 03 120: #09 - The poor disturb and heal us

Recording of Faith and Sharing retreat in Val Cartier, Quebec

5 audio cassettes recorded at a retreat in Val Cartier, Quebec. The cassettes contain the following talks given by Jean Vanier:

SR2004 03 1: Accepter ses limites
SR2004 03 2: Les Noces
SR2004 03 3: Recontrer Jésus
SR2004 03 4: Trois grandes signes de l'esprit - Le mal dans le monde
SR2004 03 5: L'envoi, conf de clôture

Aging and Ministry

Item consists of talks on "Aging - A Way to Darkness" (SR2 v1, side 1), "Aging - A Way to Light?" (SR2 v1, side 1), "Detachment and Compassion in the Minister" (SR2 v2, side 1) and "Ministry to the Aging" (SR2 v2, side 2). The talk explores three forms of rejection: by society (segregation), by dying friends (desolation), and by inner self (loss of self).

Sound recordings of Nouwen's interviews with the Flying Rodleighs

File consists of twelve audio cassettes containing the audio recordings of the interviews with The Flying Rodleigh members and Nouwen from November 1991 and May 1992. SR176 v.1 and SR176 v.2 are of Nouwen recording his thoughts and impressions regarding the Flying Rodleighs and their trapeze act.

SR176 v.1 - Flying Rodleighs Part 1 & 2
SR176 v.2 - Flying Rodleighs Part 3
SR176 v.3 - Jon -- History Jonathan
SR176 v.4 - Johan Jonas - Nov. 15/91
SR176 v.5 - Johan Jonas Interview @ Nouwen and talk with Kailene (Karlene Stevens' daughter)
SR176 v.6 - Jennifer Stevens; Lombart
SR176 v.7 - Karlene Specks [sic] About Costumes
SR176 v.8 - Karlene: History
SR176 v.9 - Rodleigh: 1st tape both sides
SR176 v.10 - Rodleigh - 2nd tape both sides
SR176 v.11 - Description of Trapeze act by Rodleigh
SR176 v.12 - Steve (2): H. Nouwen

Tapes of Thomas Merton talks

  • CA ON00389 F4-12-1-SR168, SR169, SR170, SR171, SR172, SR173, SR174
  • File
  • [after 1972]
  • Part of Henri Nouwen fonds

File consists of seven audio cassettes of Thomas Merton talks given to the monks and the community of the Abbey of Gethsemani and later published by Electronic Paperbacks in 1972. The seven audio cassettes, from a published collection of twelve called "The Merton Tapes", include numbers 2, 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, and 12.

Recording of Henri Nouwen at Trent Clergy Conference June 1991

Item consists of a sound recording of talks Nouwen gave at the 1991 Diocesan Clergy Conference for the Anglican Church of Canada between June 3 and June 5, 1991. The Conference took place in Peterborough, Ontario at the Trent Conference Centre. The theme of the conference was "Living the Spiritual Life - A Conference of Priestly Spirituality". SR159 v1: "Monday evening" [cassette consists of music]; SR159 v2: "Tuesday morning"; SR159 v3: "Tuesday afternoon"; SR159 v4 "Tuesday evening"; SR159 v5 "Wednesday morning".

Recording of Henri Nouwen on That all may worship conference

Item consists of a recording of a talk given by Nouwen at the Pathways Awareness Foundation conference "That all May Worship" held on April 22, 1996, a conference to talk about including people with mental disabilities in worship. Nouwen's talk was entitled "The Vulnerable Journey". He spoke about 1.) the vision of God (our belovedness); 2.) the way of Jesus; 3.) the work of the Spirit. Cardinal Bernadin gave the opening address. The conference took place at St. Monica Parish, Chicago.
This talk is referenced in Sabbatical Journey entry on Apr 22 where he describes his preparation and events of the day including lunch with Cardinal Bernardin.

Recording of an interview of Henri Nouwen with Peter Modler

Item consists of a sound recording of an interview of Nouwen with Peter Modler. Nouwen speaks on his experience at the Genesee Abbey. This tape appears to be the original recording for a tape later produced by Verlag Herder entitled "Auf die Stiller Horen". The interview is in German.

Recording of auf die stille horen

Item consists of a sound recording (SR153) of an interview of Nouwen with Peter Modler in Freiburg, Germany. Nouwen speaks on his experience at the Genesee Abbey and being the Beloved.

Recording of Henri Nouwen at Comiss awards

Item consists of a recording of Nouwen at the Dialogue '94: A Call to Partnership conference sponsored by Comiss at the Milwaukee Exposition and Convention Center in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Nouwen received the Comiss award which is presented periodically to a person who has made an outstanding contribution to the field of Pastoral Care, Counseling and Education.

Recording of Henri Nouwen on the Covenant Commission Retreat

Item consists of six audio cassettes of talks given at the Commission Covenant Retreat held in May 1994. The Retreat was for L'Arche community leadership about how members are living their covenant as part of L'Arche Community. SR145 v1: "Robert - Opening the Dialogue"; SR145 v2: "Claire - The Meaning of Human Affectivity"; SR145 v3: "Jo Lenon - Sexual Education: How to Educate"; SR145 v4: "North American Culture and the Plan of God"; SR145 v5: "Henri Nouwen - Personal Growth"; SR145 v6: "Margaret O'Donnell - The Needs in our Cities Today".

Recordings of Henri Nouwen's lectures on ministry and spirituality

Item consists of an amateur sound recording of Spirituality and Ministry lectures given by Nouwen at Yale Divinity School between September 21 and December 1977. SR14v1 - Vocation and Temptation; SR14v2 - Temptation; SR14v3 - The Compassionate Way. November 6, 1977; SR14v4 - Obedience to God; SR14v5 - Compassion of God, September 21, 1977.

Recording of Henri Nouwen for an R.C.I.A. course

Item consists of sound recordings made by Nouwen during his writing sabbatical in Freiburg, Germany for an R.C.I.A. course in Toronto. Titles for the tapes include:
SR133v1"About God the Creator, Henri Nouwen, Jan. 1993";
SR133v2"About Jesus the Reedemer [sic], Henri Nouwen, Feb. 1993";

  • SR133v.2_a – 46:31 (ends at 14:40)

Nouwen begins with, “Dear friends. It is good to be with you again.” It is a letter, and he is speaking just to the recorder. He says he is enjoying his time in Freiburg, and is getting rested and is excited to begin writing again. He arrived very exhausted, but is feeling better now, and is grateful to be in Freiburg.

He continues talking about the creed and Jesus. He discusses the second statement of the creed, which is, “I believe in Jesus Christ.”

Jesus is the redeemer, the savior. We have to have a personal understanding of our need to be saved. If you don’t feel the need to be saved from anything, then you can hardly be excited about a savior. He talked before about God as a creator, and in the Genesis story, God wanted to be sure that the human person would remain obedient to him, and would remain centered on Him who has created man. The question of what is good and what is evil is God’s question, and we cannot decide that. We consider the story about the fall and sin of Adam and Eve, and it is a story in which the human person forgets that he or she is not God. He or she can only be truly happy, really, truly, fully human, when he or she continues to give honour to the God who has created him or her.

If we look at the journey of the Jewish people as is written in the Old Testament, we see that one of the main temptations is the temptation of idolatry. We are always tempted to forget that God is God and not we. We give power to created beings or created ideas or created events, and before we know it, we expect of other beings something that only God can give. We expect from events, ideas, books, art, music, something that only God can give. This temptation is constant, and it always gets us into trouble because we have a heart that will only truly be satisfied with perfect fulfillment, and only God can give that. This idolatry traps us, makes us victims, and it makes us addicted. We are trapped there, like we are trapped in drugs or alcohol, we can be trapped by desires for fame or success, or money, and so on. We need someone to un-trap us. Jesus is the savior, the one who comes to get us out of our trap, to redeem us from our imprisonment, to set us free. Only God will satisfy the deepest desires of the heart. Only God loves us in a way that corresponds to the desires of our heart.

Nouwen concludes by saying he is missing everyone, and is grateful to Nathan [Ball] that he visited. He says it is wonderful that in this way [the tapes] they can support each other and keep each other’s faith and support each other’s hopes.
SR133v3 "The Resurrection of Jesus #4, Henri Nouwen, Feb. 1993";

  • SR133v.3_a – 46:46 (ends at 22:51)

Nouwen begins with “Dear friends,” like a letter. He says he has just returned from France, where he attended the funeral of Pere Thomas, the co-founder of L’Arche, and a very holy man with great spiritual vision, that gave Nouwen and many others a great amount of spiritual support. Pere Thomas was the man who gave the vision to Jean Vanier of L’Arche and to many others who came to him.

Nouwen reflects in this talk on resurrection, and how the death of Pere Thomas deepened his hope for the resurrection and his faith in the resurrection. The resurrection is the central point of his faith. In the creed it says, “Jesus descended to the dead. On the third day, he rose again.” Jesus was born among us, lived among us, suffered among us, and died among us. In this, God was with us in every respect.

The resurrection of Jesus was the event from which we have come to understand everything else. Without the resurrection, everything else that we say about Jesus loses its meaning. Nouwen reads from Paul’s Letter to the Corinthians, the 15th chapter, and summarizes that our hope in the resurrection is based on our faith in the resurrection of Jesus. “If Christ has not been raised, then our preaching is without substance, and so is our faith.” The resurrection of Jesus, therefore, gives meaning to all of the preaching of the church. All that we say of the birth, life, and suffering and death of Christ, finds its final meaning in the resurrection. If Jesus had not been raised from the dead, he would have been just another interesting prophet, and would not have been our redeemer, the one with the power to raise us from death. Nouwen says, “Resurrection is that event by which God overcomes the powers of death, by which God liberates us from our final slavery, which is our slavery to death. Paul says Jesus came to take the sting out of death, so death no longer is our final destiny. It’s really important to see that the resurrection of Jesus is the linchpoint of our faith, the fore point, the central point, around which everything hinges, everything moves.”

Nouwen says that resurrection is a hidden event. Jesus appears to those who have loved him, known him, been close to him. The resurrection is an intimate encounter in love. The resurrection wasn’t a spectacle in Jerusalem, but something that happened in the margin of society and gradually became the core of the preaching of the apostles and disciples of Jesus. They went around and said that they had seen Him, and he is our redeemer. We have discovered this through his resurrection. He came to free us from all forms of darkness. That preaching started to take place, here and there, and gradually it became more general and then it went beyond the Jewish world. It is this message that we have to hear with our hearts.

Secondly, the resurrection says that love is stronger than death. Love is something which comes from God, and love that comes from God is there to stay, it is eternal. We love in the body and with the body, with our eyes, hands, words, gestures, embraces. God says to us, “I love you. I sent Jesus into the body so you can see Jesus, touch him, be with him.” The resurrection is saying that all is not in vain, all that is real and lasting is listed up in God. Love is incarnate in the flesh the flesh itself is being redeemed and lifted up. Love is eternal because it comes from God.

Thirdly, the suffering that we live in our life leaves its marks on our body, and also in the resurrection. Jesus showed the disciples his wounds in his hands and sides, and told them to look at him and touch him. When they saw him, they saw him with his wounds, glorified wounds that are no longer suffering, but wounds that show who He is. Jesus shows us the way he has lived and suffered, and his suffering is being lifted up through his body to God, not as suffering, but as a way that gives him a unique way of being. Our suffering, too, is not in vain, and it will be glorified in our bodies, and it gives us our unique identity. Each of us has our own painful experiences, weakness, and struggles. They shape our life and give our body its form. What we say, write, talk about, and do depends on the way we suffered in our love. This is where our wisdom and our sadness comes from. We believe that we are shaped by our suffering life, but all that will be transformed.

This is an important point in L’Arche, where we so much are focused on the body. The work for the body, with the body, is really the work that is sacred, because the body is sacred, and because the body is not simply there to vanish, but to be finally lifted up in the resurrection and be given glory. Nouwen says, “Resurrection doesn’t mean the bones will be used again, but a new body will be given to us, and the new body will carry in itself all that we have lived in the body that has been laid to rest. That bodily life, that bodily suffering, that bodily spirit will be honored in death.”

Nouwen concludes his discussion of the resurrection by talking about Jesus’ having descended to the dead. Jesus descended to the dead to assemble all the people who had died before, to lift them up. Jesus died for all people, not just those who live now or will live in the future, but those who have lived in the past. Jesus descended to take them with Him into the life of God. That makes it clear that resurrection is for all people.

Nouwen then says that these are the core statements of faith that he can make, and he hopes they use these as a starting point for their own discussion and reflections. He thanks Cassie and Nathan for helping him to be a part of this community reforming, and he prays that they can grow together in their faith and deepen their love for one another, and ask God to show us the way. He finishes by saying, “Much love, and hopefully we’ll see each other again soon.”
SR133v4 "RCIA- I Believe in the Holy Spirit #5, Henri Nouwen";
SR133v5 "Jesus - The Compassionate God, Henri Nouwen, Feb., 1993, 15 minutes".

It is likely these tapes were made from the originals sent by Nouwen from Freiburg, and distributed to students in the class.

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