Dutch Catholic priest, professor, writer and theologian, Henri Nouwen (1932-1996)

“The spiritual life is one of constant choices. One of the most important choices is the choice of people with whom we develop close intimate relationships. We have only a limited amount of time in our lives. With whom do we spend it and how?…

As people who trust in God’s love, we must have the courage and the confidence to say to someone through whom God’s love becomes visible to us: ‘I would like to get to know you, I would like to spend time with you, I would like to develop a friendship with you. What about you?’

There will be no’s, there will be pain of rejection. But when we determine to avoid all no’s and all rejections, we will never create the mileau where we can grow stronger and deepen in love. God became human for us to make divine love tangible. That is what incarnation is all about. That incarnation not only happened long ago, but it continues to happen for those who trust that God will give us the friends we need. But the choice is ours!”

– Henri Nouwen in Here and Now

Photo credits: portrait on Henri Nouwen by Frank Hamilton under CC BY-SA 3.0 license; photograph of Henri Nouwen’s autograph taken at the Henri J.M. Nouwen Archives and Research Collection in Toronto, Ontario by Dnllnd under CC BY-SA 4.0 license

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