Sabbatical Journey: The Diary of His Final Year
This year marks the 25th Anniversary of Henri Nouwen’s death. So it is particularly fitting that our Lent book discussion selection is the daily journal Henri kept during a year-long hiatus from L’Arche Daybreak. He died three weeks after writing the final entry.
For Henri, the sabbatical from Daybreak – a community for adults with physical and intellectual disabilities – was intended to be an opportunity to say no to all work except writing. What it became was a 365-day spiritual adventure.
Henri was most alive, invigorated and content in the company of friends. Few things were more meaningful and significant to him than to share in his friends’ joys, sorrows, and everything in between.
Sabbatical Journey is a loving, insightful account of the experiences and encounters that filled Henri Nouwen’s final year. As always, he writes from the heart, unafraid to admit his longing for friendship and intimacy or to expose the anxiety brought on by feelings of loneliness and isolation.
In current vernacular, it could be said that Henri “owned” his brokenness. Instead of hiding it – or hiding from it – the pages of Sabbatical Journey reveal a remarkable man living his fragility as faithfully as he could.
Join us Ash Wednesday, February 17th for greetings and introductions. Then beginning Sunday, February 21st we’ll accompany Henri on a year-long journey in six weeks!
Facilitated by Ray Glennon, our Henri Nouwen Book Discussion can be a meaningful addition to your Lenten season. We do hope you will join us.
A reading schedule will be posted prior to the beginning of the book discussion.
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