Tuesday, February 8, 2011

February 8, 2011 - Care, the Source of All Cure A thought for caregivers from Henri Nouwern

As a hospital Chaplain, who sometimes has some really tough cases, this jumped out at me.  This, my friends is why we do this!  BEN

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Daily Meditation (Henri Nouwen)

Care, the Source of All Cure

Care is something other than cure. Cure means "change." A doctor, a lawyer, a minister, a social worker-they all want to use their professional skills to bring about changes in people's lives. They get paid for whatever kind of cure they can bring about. But cure, desirable as it may be, can easily become violent, manipulative, and even destructive if it does not grow out of care. Care is being with, crying out with, suffering with, feeling with. Care is compassion. It is claiming the truth that the other person is my brother or sister, human, mortal, vulnerable, like I am.

When care is our first concern, cure can be received as a gift. Often we are not able to cure, but we are always able to care. To care is to be human.

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

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