Henri Nouwen, Now & Then: Contemplations

This content is courtesy of the Henri Nouwen Society:

“In these not-to-be-missed episodes of Now & Then, we hear from Henri Nouwen at the Crystal Cathedral in 1992. In Part One, Henri addresses the central questions – Who am I? Am I – what I have, what I do, or, what others say about me? In Part Two, he explores what it means to be chosen, to be blessed, to be broken and to be given. And finally, in Part Three, Henri teaches us about the three disciplines which can help us open a space within to hear God speaking to us.”

To listen in a podcast format, click the embedded parts 1,2 and 3 below:

To listen and watch in video, look at the embedded videos below of parts 1, 2 and 3:


 In this talk we hear from Henri Nouwen himself in a talk he gave at Harvard in 1985.  This powerful message is about how to practice the presence of God empowered by the Holy Spirit. Henri affirms that God is with us in the midst of our pain and our fears. 

Episode Notes: https://henrinouwen.org/now-then-henri-nouwen/ 

Scripture: Acts 2:1-4


Taken from a talk he gave in 1992 in Orlando, Florida, in Part One – Henri speaks to Pastors about the three Spiritual Disciplines for a busy life — Prayer, Slowing Down and Sense Control. In Part Two, Henri focuses on the importance of Routines, Discipline, Spiritual Reading and Self Nurture.


Taken from a talk he gave in 1992 in Orlando, Florida, in this episode Henri Nouwen focuses on the role of Pastor as Spiritual Leader, and shares about the importance of Meditation as the core to the spiritual life.


These three episodes are excerpts taken from an interview done in 1995 with Brian Stiller, former host of Cross Currents.

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