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This Week with Henri Nouwen – What We Feel Is Not Who We Are

“Our emotional lives move up and down constantly. Sometimes we experience great mood swings: from excitement to depression, from joy to sorrow, from inner harmony to inner chaos. A little event, a word from someone, a disappointment in work, many things can trigger such mood swings. Mostly we have little control over these changes. It seems that they happen to us rather than being created by us.

Thus it is important to know that our emotional life is not the same as our spiritual life. Our spiritual life is the life of the Spirit of God within us. As we feel our emotions shift we must connect our spirits with the Spirit of God and remind ourselves that what we feel is not who we are. We are and remain, whatever our moods, God’s beloved children.” – Henri Nouwen

3 Responses to This Week with Henri Nouwen – What We Feel Is Not Who We Are

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  2. Aletheia says:

    That was beautiful and very timely. Thank you so much for your Nouwen posts. I always look forward to them.

  3. JR Woodward says:


    Glad to know it was helpful. Nouwen is amazing.

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