Item 1596 - Memories can inspire you

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1596

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Memories can inspire you

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  • February 1977 (Creation)

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1 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a one page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘Memories Can Inspire You’, published in The Sign, February 1977, p. 22. This article is an excerpt from: Henri Nouwen, The Living Reminder: Service and Prayer in Memory of Jesus, The Anglican Book Centre, Toronto, 1977. There are two headings in this article: 1) The Guidance and 2) The Guiding. In 1) Nouwen begins by stating ‘Good memories offer good guidance…Our hope is built on our memories. Without memories, there are no expectations’. Nouwen then goes on to explain that what he calls ‘guiding memories’, which may not be conscious are powerful in our daily living. He suggests that the great prophets including Jesus, called upon these memories to recall the people to their goal. In part 2) Nouwen asks ‘How do ministers, as living memories of Jesus Christ, guide their people in the concrete circumstances of everyday life?’ He offers two forms of guidance: confronting and inspiring. The minister confronts by reminding people of the temptation to complacency and stifling narrowing down of the original vision. The minister inspires the people by ‘a recapturing the original vision, a going back to the point from which the great inspiration came’.

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Published in The Sign (February 1977): [24].
This item is an excerpt from: Nouwen, Henri: The Living Reminder, Service and Prayer in Memory of Jesus Christ, published by The Anglican Book Centre, Toronto, On.,1982 (c) Seabury Press, Inc. 1977

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