Item 1561 - Isolate self at times

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CA ON00389 F4-9-1-1561

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Isolate self at times

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  • July 5, 1974 (Creation)

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a half-page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘ Isolate Self at Times’ , published in The National Catholic Reporter, July 5, 1974, p. 11. Nouwen continues the theme of fruitful solitude which he began in previous columns of this paper. Nouwen states at the beginning, ‘It is probably difficult if not impossible to move from loneliness to solitude without any form of withdrawal from a distracting world’. He speaks of monks and hermits who go into the wilderness seeking solitude but goes on to say, ‘ But the solitude which really counts is the solitude of the heart, an inner quality or attitude which does not depend on physical isolation’. Nouwen speaks of the difference in being present to another in loneliness or in solitude. In solitude, he suggests, we hear the other and respond. He also suggests that we all move back and forth between these poles even from hour to hour. Nouwen states ‘ Sometimes I wonder if the fact that so many people ask support, advice and counsel from so many other people is not, for a large part, a result of their having lost contact with their innermost self’. Nouwen concludes the article with a lengthy quote from Rainer Maria Rilke, Letters to a Young Poet.

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Published in National Catholic Reporter, 5 July 1974, p. 11.
Duplicate copy available in the file.
One copy has 156 - 1561 c,2 written in pencil on top right hand corner.
There is a head shot photo of Nouwen, taken by Ron van den Bosch. See P6433 on Page 11 of Album 3 for a full-size version of the photo.
This article was published in a revised form in in Chapter 2 'A Receptive Solitude',in Nouwen, Henri, Reaching Out: The three movements of the spiritual life, published by Image Books, Doubleday, N.Y, 1975.

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2000 02

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