It has been 14 years since this earthly place lost the inspirational priest, author and healer. But the words of Henri Nouwen live on today through his society, his more than three dozen books and his work among God’s special children. I recently read a Nouwen Lenten gift. He calls upon our hearts to ponder Jesus’ words, “No one lights a lamp to put it under a tub; they put it on the lamp-stand where it shines for everyone in the house” (Matthew 5:14-15).
Do you have a public and private self? Do you make a distinction between who you are in the privacy of your home and when you go “public”?
Henri shares with us that during Lent when you are making every effort to live a spiritual life should realize that your most personal self is the most universal; while the most hidden self is your most public persona; and the “most solitary is the most communal”.
What better time to acknowledge that our inner lives are lives we share with others? What better time to give the gift of your inner most self to others?