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This Week with Henri Nouwen – Listening With Our Wounds

“To enter into solidarity with a suffering person does not mean that we have to talk with that person about our own suffering. Speaking about our own pain is seldom helpful for someone who is in pain. A wounded healer is someone who can listen to a person in pain without having to speak about his or her own wounds. When we have lived through a painful depression, we can listen with great attentiveness and love to a depressed friend without mentioning our experience. Mostly it is better not to direct a suffering person’s attention to ourselves. We have to trust that our own bandaged wounds will allow us to listen to others with our whole beings. That is healing.” – Henri Nouwen


2 Responses to This Week with Henri Nouwen – Listening With Our Wounds

  1. Ryan Bell says:

    Wow, really really great quote! Thanks JR!

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