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This very short book has its origins in a request from Pauline Vanier (Jean Vanier’s mother) for Nouwen to write a contemporary interpretation of the devotion of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Nouwen decides instead to “let the heart of Jesus touch my own heart” and writes, in prayer, three meditations to the heart of Jesus. His inspiration comes from scripture – Matthew 11:28-30 “Come to me, all you who labor and are overburdened” John 19:31-37 (“the soldiers pieced his side with a lance”) and John 20:19-20, 24-29 (“Blessed are those who have not seen and yet believe”). The result is an intimate glimpse into Nouwen’s heart including his struggles with doubt, vulnerability and faithfulness. Nouwen hoped that “all who will pray these prayers will also experience the healing and renewing love that flows from the heart of Jesus.”
Themes: Jesus, Prayer, Suffering, Heart, Trust, Faithfulness, Brokenness, Unity, Love, Wounds, Home, Inner peace, Pauline Vanier, Nouwen’s relationship with Jesus (his inner dialogue)
Ave Maria Press, 1989
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