Item 1642 - On All Souls, Bolivia's living dine with the dead

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CA ON00389 F4-9-1-1642

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On All Souls, Bolivia's living dine with the dead

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  • October 29, 1982 (Creation)

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a one page article by Henri Nouwen entitled,’ On All Souls, Bolivia’s living dine with the dead’, published in the National Catholic Reporter, October 29, 1982, P. 12/13. This item is an excerpt from Nouwen’s book, ‘Gracias: A Latin American Journal’. In this excerpt Nouwen describes a visit on November 2, All souls Day, to a cemetery with thousands of others to remember and to share with the dead. Nouwen describes a sense he had earlier in the day in which he felt strongly, ‘part of the meaning of life for the living is their opportunity to pray for the full liberation of those died before them’. Nouwen describes what he saw as he entered the cemetery, ‘Thousands of people were sitting and walking around the graves as though they were camping out with their beloved ones who had died’. He goes on to describe the young boys who offer at each grave to pray for the deceased and in return receive gifts of food. In his conclusion Nouwen says, ‘ When I returned home I had the feeling that the poor Indians of Cochabamba had given me a glimpse of a reality that mostly remains hidden in my rational, well planned and well protected life. I had heard voice, seen faces and touched hands that pointed to a divine love in which the living and the dead can find a safe home’.

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Published in National Catholic Reporter, 29 October 1982, p. 12, 13.
This item is an excerpt from, Nouwen, Henri: Gracias, Orbis Books, Maryknoll, N.Y. 1993. Earlier published by Harper & Row, New York, 1983.

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2000 01

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Box 295

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