Item 1656 - Simple joys: a week from the journal of Henri Nouwen, during his days in Peru

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CA ON00389 F4-9-1-1656


Simple joys: a week from the journal of Henri Nouwen, during his days in Peru


  • September 1983 (Creation)

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This item is a 4 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled ‘Simple Joys: a week from the journal of Henri Nouwen, during his days in Peru’, published in The Other Side, September 1983. This article is a chapter from Nouwen’s book ‘Gracias’ covering the dates January 24 to January 31, 1982. In Nouwen’s first entry, for the 24th January, he writes about the fact that it is his 50th birthday and describes the various celebrations and calls that he received. Nouwen writes, ‘Within a few years…I will no longer be on this earth. The thought of this does not frighten me but fills me with a quiet peace’. For the next day he describes a lecture given to a group of women about the history of Peru and how they came to live life as they do. The third day he describes the vigilance needed against pickpockets and robbers but also tells a story which describes the pitfalls of hyper-vigilance. The following entry speaks of the gift of the children and their affection for him. Another day includes a visit to the beach with some colleagues and following that Nouwen describes the ever-present dust of Pamplona Alta and how it permeates everything. In the final entry for the week he speaks of saying Mass and realizing that unlike Jesus to whom people listened intently, he is facing a congregation who may not be listening. Nouwen realizes that when his actions match his words, his words will have power.

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This item is a photocopy. There is no original.
Preservation photocopy available in Articles by Nouwen Access Copy Box 2.

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Published in the OtherSide (September 1983): 46-49.
This item is a chapter from Nouwen, Henri: Gracias: A Latin American Journal, Harper Row, N.Y., 1983 and Orbis Books, Maryknoll, N.Y. 1993.

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There are 3 photographs: 2 of Peruvian children and one of the author by Kelly Wise.

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