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This Week with Henri Nouwen – Coming Together in Poverty

“There are many forms of poverty: economic poverty, physical poverty, emotional poverty, mental poverty, and spiritual poverty. As long as we relate primarily to each other’s wealth, health, stability, intelligence, and soul strength, we cannot develop true community. Community is not a talent show in which we dazzle the world with our combined gifts. Community is the place where our poverty is acknowledged and accepted, not as something we have to learn to cope with as best as we can but as a true source of new life.

Living community in whatever form – family, parish, twelve-step program, or intentional community – challenges us to come together at the place of our poverty, believing that there we can reveal our richness.” – Henri Nouwen

3 Responses to This Week with Henri Nouwen – Coming Together in Poverty

  1. Sonja says:

    Thanks to henri for this rich insight. It means a lot.

  2. jrwoodward says:


    Yeah, Nouwen was a pretty amazing guy. Glad you liked the entry.

  3. Darrin Taker says:

    Have you ever considered posting more videos for your blog articles to keep the readers more entertained? What i’m saying is I just went through the whole write-up and it had been quite great but since I’m significantly more of a visual learner, I found videos to be significantly more helpful. well, let me know what you feel.

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