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Draft of Compassion

File consists of draft typescripts of, "Compassion: A study inspired by the life and the works of Vincent van Gogh, December 16 - January 3, 1975-1976", a lecture given by Nouwen in Geijsteren, The Netherlands. The talk was on compassio...

Draft of Living the questions

File consists of a draft typescript of "Living the Questions: The Spirituality of the Religion Teacher", a talk Nouwen gave at Yale Divinity School. Nouwen organized the talk under the following headings: 'Teaching as the affirmatio...

Drafts of Collected sermons and lectures

File consists of a hard-bound volume of draft manuscripts and typescripts of sermons and lectures, some given at Yale Divinity School. The volume was bound while Nouwen was in residence at Maryknoll (Cambridge, MA).

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 hea...

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.

Meditation on prayer

Item consists of a typescript of a meditation on prayer given by Nouwen on December 12, 1979. He suggests that prayer is a discipline of faith. Prayer should not be for entertainment or to make us feel better, but to express a longing to know th...

Lenten meditations

Item consists of a typescript of a Lenten meditation given by Nouwen at Battell Chapel on February 5, 1980. It is based on Luke 22:47-62 - the betrayal and despair of Judas. This is contrasted with Peter's denial and hope.

Battell Lenten meditation

Item consists of a typescript of a Lenten meditation based on Luke 22:39-46 - how the suffering Jesus gives comfort and hope in suffering.

Prayer as listening

Item consists of a typescript of "Prayer as Listening", a talk Nouwen gave at a conference on prayer, at the Community of Celebration (Woodland Park, CO), on June 23, 1980. Nouwen talks about the intimate connection between theology and...

Notes for sermon on spiritual life

Item consists of handwritten notes by Nouwen for a sermon on the spiritual life, likely given at a conference on prayer, at the Community of Celebration (Woodland Park, CO). Nouwen talks about how many Christians feel a heavy burden to save and r...

Be still and know that I am God

Item consists of two drafts of typescripts for a meditation on Psalm 46:10 ("Be still and know that I am God"), given on November 7, 1979. Nouwen speaks about letting ourselves trust and find the stillness that allows God to meet us, to...

The silence of God

Item consists of two draft typescripts of "The Silence of God", a Lenten meditation regarding Jesus before the Sanhedrin, Pilate and Herod. Nouwen argues that as Jesus stands before his accusers he is silent, not out of disdain or arrog...

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...

Feast of all Saints

Item consists of a typescript of "Feast of all Saints", a sermon given by Nouwen. He speaks of those who have survived the great trial, and who are the men and women clothed in white robes. He suggests that we are in the midst of the gre...

Sermon on prayer

Item consists of one page of handwritten notes by Nouwen for a sermon on prayer given at St. Peter's Lutheran Church on November 17, 1977.

Sermon for Ash Wednesday

Item consists of a typescript of a sermon for Ash Wednesday (February 23, 1977). The introduction (p. 79) invites the listener to enter into the mystery of God's suffering and to remember that we are mortal, and that God is with us. Nouwen ...

Thomas Merton celebration

Item consists of multiple manuscripts and typescripts of "Thomas Merton Celebration", a talk given by Nouwen at St. Paul's Church, Columbia University, for the 10th Anniversary of Merton's death on December 10, 1978. Nouwen co...

Prayers spoken during the Baccalaureate service

Item consists of a typescript of "Prayers spoken during the Baccalaureate Service", at Yale Divinity School on May 15th, 1977. Nouwen's prayer has three parts: praising God, thanking God, and asking God.

That all may be one, as you Father are in me and I in you

Item consists of a typescript of "That all may be one, as you Father are in me and I in you", a sermon given by Nouwen during the Week of Christian Unity at Yale Divinity School, on January 21, 1977. Nouwen begins by saying how slow Ecu...

The person of the preacher

Item consists of a page of handwritten notes and a typescript of "The Person of the Preacher", a lecture given by Nouwen at General Theological Seminary (New York, NY), on January 21, 1979. Nouwen argues that the preacher not only preac...

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 ...

Brothers and sisters in Christ

Item consists of a typescript of "Brothers and Sisters in Christ", a sermon given at the Abbey of the Genesee on August 12, 1979 (Nouwen stayed at the Abbey of the Genesee for six months in 1979). The sermon is regarding the sending of ...

Sermon for opening of monasticism and the Arts conference

Item consists of a typescript of a sermon given at the opening of the Monasticism and the Arts Conference on February 29, 1980. It is based on Philippians 3:20-21 and 6-8, and Mark 8:22-26. Nouwen wants us to recognize, like the monks Anthony an...

Sermon for Easter Sunday

Item consists of a typescript for an Easter Sunday sermon (April 15, 1979). Nouwen lists events that happened after the resurrection when Jesus revealed himself so that gradually people began to speak, "He is risen." They saw him. The...

Sermon for Eucharist

Item consists of a typescript of a sermon for the Eucharist on December 17, 1979. Nouwen speaks of the Christ event as being not just a historical event, but also a present event. It happened and it is always happening. By realizing this, we lo...

Some Greeks

Item consists of a typescript of "Some Greeks", a sermon on John 12:20-37. In this sermon Nouwen explains that Jesus did not want to be popular, exclaiming, "If people want to see me or know me, it means they want that knowledge to...

Sermon on downward mobility for Yale Divinity School

Item consists of a typescript for a sermon on downward mobility. Nouwen comments on the busyness at Yale University. Though Nouwen does not use the term 'downward mobility', he says that we live in an exciting world as we prepare and d...

Sermon on joy

Item consists of a manuscript of a sermon on joy, suffering and death. Nouwen argues that the world wants us to believe that suffering and joy are separate and that there is more suffering than joy. He says that God did not make death, that Jesu...

May His joy be in you and may your joy be complete

Item consists of a typescript of "May His joy be in you and may your joy be complete", a sermon on joy, the priesthood and the Eucharist, which was written for the 40th anniversary of Fr. Thomas' ordination at the Abbey of the Genes...

Sermon on Mark 14:32-42

Item consists of a manuscript and partial typescript for a sermon on Mark 14:32-42, the story of Gethsemane. Nouwen advises us to simply go to the Garden and stay there with Jesus. He tells us not to sleep in His or our sorrow, but to stay awake...

Sermon for Ash Wednesday

Item consists of handwritten notes and typescript of a sermon for Ash Wednesday. Nouwen argues that entering into Lent is seeing once again the sorrow and the anger of God who yearns to gather us as a hen her brood, but we refuse. He invites us ...

Sermon for Advent

Item consists of a typescript of a short sermon for Advent.

Sermon on patience

Item consists of a manuscript of a sermon on the word 'patience', describing the negative and positive connotations. Nouwen describes a 'new time' not associated with clock time. He concludes that patience is a discipline of ...

A contemporary monastic experience

Item consists of a typescript of "A Contemporary Monastic Experience", a talk given on Holy Thursday. Nouwen describes the death and resurrection of Jesus, not so much as an event that happened in the past, but as the Christ event that ...

Pastoral care and spirituality

Item consists of a typescript of "Pastoral Care and Spirituality", a talk on being a caregiver and caring. Nouwen is bringing together spirituality with clinical pastoral education for ministers who are to be carers. He outlines aspect...

Spirituality and clinical pastoral education

Item consists of a typescript of "Spirituality and Clinical Pastoral Education", a talk in which Nouwen describes clinical pastoral education and spiritual formation in the spirituality of care. He takes consolation as one of the most i...

Powhatan revisited

Item consists of a photocopy of a typescript of "Powhatan Revisited", a paper Nouwen wrote about a visit he made to Powhatan, LA, a former parish where he worked for six months in 1962. The story is about his fellowship with the people ...

Prayer and ministry

Item consists of a typescript of "Prayer and Ministry", a sermon Nouwen gave on Luke 9:28-36. It is a commentary on the Transfiguration passage, when the disciples go with Jesus to the mountain to pray and Jesus is transfigured. Prayer...

Compassion in ministry and medicine

Item consists of a manuscript of "Compassion in Ministry and Medicine", a talk Nouwen gave to medical staff. Nouwen talks about care as the basis of cure, because we are together in our humanity. Concretely, care is listening to the que...

Prayer and ministry

Item consists of a typescript of "Prayer and Ministry", a sermon on the idea of theoria physica developed by the desert fathers. Nouwen explains that we need to see nature and time with new eyes; as gifts not to be taken, but to be rece...

On prayer

Item consists of a typescript of "On Mercy", a sermon given by Nouwen at Mercy Center (Madison, CT), in which he describes prayer as seeing what cannot otherwise be seen, especially in nature, in events, and in people. All of these are ...

Sermon to supervising ministers

Item consists of handwritten notes and a typescript of a talk on supervising ministers given by Nouwen at the Berkeley Center on October 18, 1977. Nouwen argues that supervising ministers make life more transparent for students by interpreting na...

Theology of the word

Item consists of handwritten notes and a partial typescript of "Theology of the Word", a sermon and lecture given by Nouwen. He argues that in a culture where words are overworked, the word of God is full of power and beauty because it ...

Marriage and the family

Item consists of a typescript of "Marriage and the Family", a lecture given by Nouwen in which he argues that we do not marry to have our loneliness taken away, but to help each other to grow closer to God and to protect each other'...

Marriage and the family

Item consists of a typescript of "Marriage and the Family", a lecture given by Nouwen in which he discusses the search for intimacy, unity and community through marriage and his own experience of celibacy.

Sermon for Advent

Item consists of a typescript of a sermon for Advent, given by Nouwen at Durham Notre Dame. Nouwen discusses the Christ Event. He argues that other events in life make sense only through a knowledge of the Christ event. He concludes that solitu...

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