Item 09 - On departure

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CA ON00389 1-1-2-143-09


On departure


  • May 1968 (Creation)

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6 p. of textual records

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Item consists of a typescript of "On Departure", a sermon given by Nouwen to priests and seminarians at Moreau Seminary, University of Notre Dame, on May 12, 1968. He speaks about departure and leaving based on St. John 16:4-7. Nouwen's main theme is that, instead of viewing departure as a sad event, Jesus announces his leaving as something positive.

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An edited version of this text was published in the "Saying Goodbye" (pp. 104-108) section of the 2001 Tim Jones edited book Turn My Mourning into Dancing.
Text was also used in Spiritual Formation; The Way of the Heart, M. Christensen & R. Laird, HarperCollins 2009.

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Draft contains annotation: "HENRI NOUWEN".
Found on pages 40-45.

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2000 01


Box 36

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