Item 1561a - Love protects aloneness

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1561a

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Love protects aloneness

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  • [ca. September 1974] (Creation)

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1 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a half-page article by Henri Nouwen entitled ‘Love protects aloneness’ published in the National Catholic Reporter, undated but possibly July or Sep. 1974. Nouwen is continuing his focus on the importance of solitude for the spiritual development of the individual. He begins, ‘By slowly converting my loneliness into a deep solitude, I create that precious space where I can distinguish the voice telling me about my inner necessity- that is, my vocation’. He follows this point by raising the question, ’How many people can claim their ideas, opinions and viewpoints as their own?’. He states that ‘frequently, we are restlessly looking for answers, going from door to door, from book to book, or from school to school, without having really listened carefully to the questions’. Nouwen points out that our society tends to pull us away from fruitful solitude and encourages seeking answers instead of listening to the questions. He suggests that in solitude we can become present to ourselves and from this we become closer to others. ‘In this solitude we encourage each other to enter into the silence of our innermost being and discover there the voice which calls us beyond the limits of human togetherness to a new communion.’

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Published in National Catholic Reporter, [September 1974?]. It has however, the following notation written on the top: 7/19 which may suggest July 19 as a possible date.
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.
Duplicate copy available in the file.
Portions of this article were included in Chapter 2, A Receptive Solitude in Nouwen, Henri, Reaching Out, Image Books, Doubleday, N.Y., 1975.

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2000 02

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Box 294

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