"Ministry is the least important thing. You cannot not minister if you are in communion with God and live in community."
"Sir, my concern is not whether God is on our side my greatest concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right."Henri Nouwen on Abraham Lincoln
"We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence. See how nature - trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence... We need silence to be able to touch souls."Henri Nouwen on Mother Teresa
"When the solution is simple, God is answering."Henri Nouwen on Albert Einstein
"While I know myself as a creation of God, I am also obligated to realize and remember that everyone else and everything else are also God's creation."Henri Nouwen on Maya Angelou
"Never trust anyone completely but God. Love people, but put your full trust only in God."Henri Nouwen on Lawrence Welk
"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives means the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand."
"The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate not knowing... not healing, not curing... that is a friend who cares."
"Jesus didn't say, 'Blessed are those who care for the poor.' He said, 'Blessed are we where we are poor, where we are broken.' It is there that God loves us deeply and pulls us into deeper communion with himself."
"In their poverty, the mentally handicapped reveal God to us and hold us close to the gospel."
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