Item 1639 - Spiritual direction

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1639

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Spiritual direction

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  • September 1981 (Creation)

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6 p. of textual records

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(1932-1996)

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This item is a 6 page article by Henri Nouwen entitled 'Spiritual Direction' published in Worship, Collegeville, Minnesota, Volume 55, Number 5, September, 1981, pp. 399 - 404.
Nouwen begins this article by stating his definition of spiritual direction. ‘Spiritual direction is direction given to people in their relationship with God’ Nouwen then goes on to say ‘I would like to offer a few ideas which might help in defining the nature of this ministry…which might begin to suggest some concrete ways in which this ministry can be practiced’. Under his first heading which speaks about the movement ‘from absurdity to obedience’ Nouwen defines the first as the root of ‘deaf’ and the second as the root of ‘listening’. Nouwen speaks of the difficulty of moving from the busyness of the absurd/deaf life to being willing to hear and then gain the discipline of obedient following of God. In his second section Nouwen speaks of ‘The three disciplines of the spiritual life’. These disciplines are identified as: the discipline of the church, the discipline of the Book and the discipline of the heart. Nouwen concludes his article by suggesting that at this time in history when many traditional ways of living are breaking down and people are turning to religious leaders for guidance, this is more than ever a time to consider spiritual direction.

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Preservation photocopy available in Articles by Nouwen Access Copy Box 2.

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This item was previously published in Reflection,Yale University Divinity School, January, 1981, pp. 7 - 8, see item 1634, Box 295.

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Published in Worship 55, no. 5 (September 1981): 399-404.

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2000 01

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Box 295

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41-256

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