Item 1631 - Moving from absurdity to obedience

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1631


Moving from absurdity to obedience


  • October1980 (Creation)

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This item is a quarter-page article by Henri Nouwen entitled, ‘Moving from Absurdity to Obedience’ published in Faith at Work, September/October 1980, p. 7. This item is part of an article entitled ‘What is the Goal of Spiritual Growth?’ Nouwen suggests that spiritual growth is ‘ a gradual development from an absurd life to an obedient life’. Nouwen identifies the origin of the word absurd as ‘surdus’ which means deaf and of obedience as ‘audire’ which means to listen. ‘An absurd life is a life in which we remain deaf to God. An obedient life is a life in which we try to listen carefully to his voice calling us to freedom’.

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Part of article: What is the Goal of Spiritual Growth: A symposium, published in Faith at Work (September/October 1980): 7.

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