Reading: Epilogue by Sue Mosteller (p343)
Thank you, to each of you, for committing to each other in this Advent journey. Your beauty has shone through, along with and through your questions, thoughts, sharing, and insights.
In this, our final week, we invite you to jump to the end of the book and read the Epilogue (we plan to return to the second half of this book in a future book discussion).
1) Sue wrote a wonderful Epilogue to this book. As part of this, she reflects on a particular memory from her relationship with Henri that has stayed with her over the years.
a) We invite you to reflect on this Advent journey and share your main “take away.” What do you hope to remember and apply to your life going forward?
2) The Henri Nouwen Society and Legacy Trust would like to offer a special opportunity /gift to each of you.
On the 20th anniversary of Henri’s death, the Henri Nouwen Society sponsored the Way of the Heart International Conference. Gabrielle Earnshaw, the editor of Love, Henri, presented her unique insight into how this wonderful book came to be and actor Joe Abbey-Colborne offered a powerful interpretation of Henri the letter writer. This presentation is usually offered for sale as part of the conference proceedings. For the next two weeks the Society is providing the participants in this Advent discussion the chance to watch and reflect on Gabrielle and Joe’s presentation (53 minutes) at no cost by following this link: https://vimeo.com/henrinouwen/
In her presentation Gabrielle offers a succinct and insightful summary of the book: “Each letter stands alone, but together they tell a compelling story of one man’s efforts to live his life well—for himself, for others, and for God.”
a) Regardless of how many of his books you have previously read (many or few), what new insights have you gained into the life of Henri Nouwen from reading his letters and from watching this presentation?
b) How do those insights change how you view and live your own life?
Thank you once again to each of you. Have a blessed Christmas!
Ray and Brynn