Tuesday, October 26, 2010

October 26, 2010 - The Authority of Compassio - ] Reflection from Henri Nouwen

Having trouble viewing this email? Click here

Daily Meditation (Henri Nouwen)

The Authority of Compassion

The Church often wounds us deeply. People with religious authority often wound us by their words, attitudes, and demands. Precisely because our religion brings us in touch with the questions of life and death, our religious sensibilities can get hurt most easily. Ministers and priests seldom fully realize how a critical remark, a gesture of rejection, or an act of impatience can be remembered for life by those to whom it is directed.

There is such an enormous hunger for meaning in life, for comfort and consolation, for forgiveness and reconciliation, for restoration and healing, that anyone who has any authority in the Church should constantly be reminded that the best word to characterize religious authority is compassion. Let's keep looking at Jesus whose authority was expressed in compassion.

Share your thoughts on this reflection.

These reflections are taken from Henri J.M. Nouwen's Bread for the Journey.

Join our online book discussion of Reaching Out. Starts November 22nd.

Purchase Reaching Out at a special price during October.

Visit HenriNouwen.org for more inspiration!

Posted via email from drben54's posterous

No comments: