Henri Nouwen on Today’s World


I know a lot of people out there are worried about the state of the world. I’m currently reading a book that is a collection of letters by Catholic scholar and spiritual writer Henri Nouwen. One letter written in 1981 is in response to someone who wrote to him concerned whether humanity would survive to the end of the century. Here is his response:

Dear George,

I really don’t know if our civilization will survive the century. Considering the growing threat of a nuclear holocaust, there certainly is reason to wonder. But important for me is not if our civilization will survive or not but if we can continue to life with hope, and I really think we can because our Lord has given us His promise that He will stay with us at all times. He is the God of the living. He has overcome evil and death and His love is stronger than any form of death and destruction. That is why I feel that we should continually avoid the temptation of despair and deepen our awareness that God is present in the midst of all the chaos that surrounds us and that that presence allows us to live joyfully and peacefully in a world so filled with sorrow and conflict.

Please be sure of my prayers for you in these tempting times.


Henri Nouwen


Stay tuned for my review of this book coming soon.


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