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Here is a song called Prodigal by Casting Crowns. As we wrap up our weekend reflections on the many stories contained in the Parable of the “Lost Sons” take a moment with these lyrics and the picture. (The lyrics are below the video. Sorry about the Google Ads- Simply click the X and they should […]

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We are called to be as compassionate as God is compassionate. We are called to follow Jesus’ example as a son – “the younger son without being rebellious” and “the elder son without being resentful.” We are also called to grow into spiritual fatherhood – this means both father and mother, masculine and feminine. All […]

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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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The book, “Return of the Prodigal Son”,  is  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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Some of my friends at St. Patrick’s may have noticed that I was scheduled to preach this weekend. As they (whoever they are) like to say nothing makes God smile more than people making plans. It turns out that this weekend is ShareLife Sunday, the annual appeal for folks to give to various Catholic Charities. […]

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Click Here for a Printer-friendly copy: 25th Sunday of Ordinary Time Year B The following story comes from the book the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. Dr. Stephen Covey uses this well know tale as an illustration of what he calls principles or the natural laws of life. It is a true story told […]

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A while back I was involved in a minor way with the publishing of this short but powerful book by one of the spiritual masters of the 20th century. Click here to purchase a copy for someone you know, perhaps yourself, as they travel the road as a caregiver. Here is a summary of this […]

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We are called to be as compassionate as God is compassionate. We are called to follow Jesus’ example as a son – “the younger son without being rebellious” and “the elder son without being resentful.” We are also called to grow into spiritual fatherhood – this means both father and mother, masculine and feminine. All […]

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Death and grief are central themes in this week’s gospel story about the raising of Lazarus. If we have lived to a certain age, and this age differs for all of us, we will have experienced the death of a loved one. In the scene from the Gospel of John movie you can feel the […]

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If you are looking for something special this lent I would encourage you to check out the online reading group at the Henri Nouwen Society. It started on March 9th and continues through  lent and you can join at anytime. This lent the group is reflecting on Nouwen’s book- Here and Now: Living in the […]

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I have been thinking about the power of true friendship lately. A friend of mine almost died this week and if it had not been for another one of his friends he would have likely been at home alone when his heart attacked him.He would have certainly been dead if he had not been out […]

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Last night at our St. Patrick’s Friends of Dismas meeting we examined the Elder Son as seen by Henri Nouwen in his book The Return of the Prodigal Son. Nouwen opens up the parable using the famous  painting of   THE RETURN OF THE PRODIGAL SON By Rembrandt. At the end of our evening we […]

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