Item 1767 - Living in the house of love

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1767

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Living in the house of love

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  • September - October 1991 (Creation)

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5 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a 4 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘Living in the House of Love’ published in ‘Alive Now, Images of Faith’, September – October, 1991, pp. 42 – 45. This item is a revised excerpt from Nouwen’s book ‘ Behold the Beauty of the Lord’. This excerpt is a reflection on Andre Rublev’s icon ‘The Holy Trinity’..Nouwen introduces the article by stating ‘The spiritual life keeps us aware that our true house is not the house of fear…but the house of love, where God resides’. He describes this as the essence of the spiritual life and speaks about the icon as reflecting ‘the house of love’. From meditation upon this house of love we can move into the world to be present to but not to be part of, this world. Nouwen then speaks about the effect that contemplation of this icon had upon him. Nouwen also speaks of how contemplation of the icon‘reveals the inner beauty of God’ and speaks of the link between the cross and love in our world today. Finally, Nouwen concludes by saying, ‘I pray that Rublev’s icon will teach many how to live in the midst of a fearful, hateful and violent world while moving always deeper into the house of love’.

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Published in Alive Now! (September-October 1991): 42-45.
Item contains a black and white and inside back cover a colour photograph of The Holy Trinity, Icon by Andrew Rublev (1425).
This item is revised from, Nouwen, Henri: 'Behold the Beauty of the Lord', Ave Maria Press, Notre Dame, IN., 1987.
Reference copy is available.

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2000 01

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Box 298

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