Item 1670 - Spiritual direction

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CA ON00389 1-9-1-1670


Spiritual direction


  • [September 1984] (Creation)

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This 3 page item is part 1 of an article by Henri Nouwen entitled Spiritual Direction, published in The Word, a publication of Christ Episcopal Church, Oil City, Pa., September, 1984, pp. 7 – 9. In the introduction Nouwen defines spiritual direction and identifies his intention in the article: ‘ In these reflections, I would like to offer a few ideas which might help in defining the nature of this ministry of spiritual direction and which might begin to suggest some concrete ways in which this ministry can be practiced’. This article, which is the first of 3, focuses on ‘The Movement from Absurdity to Obedience’. Nouwen suggests that absurd living is being deaf to God, being unable to find the silence to hear God in our busy lives. He then indicates the reality of obedience: ‘The obedient life forms the other end of the spiritual spectrum. The word obedience includes the word “audire’ which means “listening”…’ Nouwen speaks, finally about the difficulty of the road from absurdity to obedience.

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Item is 1 of a series of 3 articles. Archives does not have part 2. See Published works series, box 296, item 1671, for part 3.

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Published in The Word 2, no. 6 ([September 1984?]): 7-9. This is a publication of Christ Episcopal Church, Oil City, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.
'Reprinted by permission from the Berkeley Divinity School' is printed at the conclusion of the article.This item appears to be reprinted from: Reflection by Yale University Divinity School and Berkeley Divinity School, Connecticut, January 1981, Vol. 78, No. 2 pp. 7 - 8.

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Annotation on the front of the publication: "file with 'Spiritual Direction'".

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Box 296

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