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Monthly Archive for September, 2010

Nouwen says the painting just as easily could have been called “The Welcome by the Compassionate Father.” In the painting, the father’s hands are the true central point. The light and the eyes of others focus on those hands. The left hand is masculine while the right hand is more feminine. So the character “is […]

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The elder son usually gets little attention in discussions of this Bible story. Yet, Nouwen explains how both Rembrandt and Henri himself had part of the dark, resentful side of the “elder son” in them. Henri admits he understands the envy that the elder son feels toward his younger brother. The elder son lived an […]

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Henri writes about the most famous person in the story: the younger son, the prodigal son. He says Rembrandt at a young age “had all the characteristics of the prodigal son: brash, self confident, spendthrift, sensual, and very arrogant”. The artist earned a lot, spent a lot, and lost a lot. The painting is about […]

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This is Henri Nouwen’s own personal favorite book, based on Nouwen’s reflections on a Rembrandt painting called Prodigal Son, which hangs in the Hermitage in St. Petersburg, Russia. The Prologue and Introduction tell of Henri’s encounter with the painting itself in 1986 and his move to the L’Arche Daybreak community in the town of Richmond […]

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This Sunday is a regular post that will help readers prepare for the coming Sunday’s Liturgy of the Word. There is a link to the Sunday readings, a connection to Fr. Robert Baron’s weekly podcast sermon and a reflection from Fr. Scott Lewis of the Catholic Register. On occasion we will post reflections from fellow wanders, I meet along the road.

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Following up on my Tweet of the Week I have found some further proof that God does in fact laugh. A simple question for all who have some doubts about  this deep theological point:  If we are made in the image of God then what does the following video tell us? OK it’s not really […]

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It has always amazed me at how unhappy some deeply religious people are. Some followers of Christ seem to have no joy in their piety and I for one think God would be saddened by this. Why do I think God laughs? All I have to do is look at Jesus for an answer to […]

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In this week’s second reading we are reminded that St. Paul spent much of his time as a prisoner: “I, Paul, an old man,and now also a prisoner for Christ Jesus,urge you on behalf of my child Onesimus,whose father I have become in my imprisonment…” My journey as an itinerant preacher was kicked into high […]

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