Presence and Absence

Presence and Absence

September 23

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One of the mysteries of life is that memory can often bring us closer to each other than can physical presence. Physical presence not only invites but also blocks communication. In our pre-resurrection state our bodies hide as much as they reveal. Indeed, many of our disappointments and frustrations in life are related to the fact that seeing and touching each other does not always create the closeness we seek. The more experience in living we have, the more we sense that closeness grows in the continuous interplay between presence and absence.

Henri Nouwen

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