Henri Nouwen: The Catholic Priest Who Embraced His Demons

January 16

“In our woundedness, we can become sources of life for others.”  — Henri Nouwen

Henri Nouwen was a renowned Catholic priest, author of numerous books, and beloved confidant to many troubled souls. He was a professor at Yale Divinity School and Harvard Divinity School, but went on to live in community with people with mental and physical disabilities at the L’Arche Daybreak community in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

“When Nouwen talked, it was like someone talking into your own ear with the language of the heart — simpler, more direct, talking about his weaknesses but not being exhibitionistic,” recalls Ronald Rolheiser, Catholic priest and author.

Fred Rogers, the creator and host of the hit kids’ series Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood, said that Nouwen taught him to “grow into a thoughtful person who cares about the essentials of life.”

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