Posts tagged Henri Nouwen

Being enhanced by the Weak.

As you may have noticed, Fr Neil has recently discovered Twitter. He enjoys its format and, in the middle of writing his sermon, will often tweet. Getting his thoughts down to 140 characters helps with the process. He also likes keeping up with a selection of MotoGP riders. However, this morning Twitter was not interesting […]

The Father: Adult Lent group 4

Our fourth adult Lent group focused on the figure of the Father in the Prodigal Son. We began by looking carefully at Rembrandt’s painting, the focus for Henri Nouwen’s book. We noticed the difference in the two hands, showing the maternal and paternal nature of God’s love. There is a great love in the embrace […]

The Elder Son: Adult Lent Group 3

Last Thursday many of us gathered for the third of our adult Lent group. The theme was the Elder son. He was the one who stayed at home and yet in many ways was as lost as the younger son. The first quotes, from pages 69 to 71 in the book, sparked off discussion about […]

The Prodigal Son: Returning home.

Here is the text of the story we used in the second Family Lent Group. Henri Nouwen, in the adults session had talked about the confusion the Son felt on his journey home, how difficult it was for him. We tried to get this sense over in the story. We told this in an active […]

The son returns: Lent Family Group 2.

Our second Family Lent group took its inspiration from Henri Nouwen’s writing about the return of the Prodigal Son and specifically his quote about the son’s confusion as he makes his way home. We began by reflecting on last week and hearing the Bible passage that tells the story of the younger son’s return home. […]

God or the Golden Calf?

The Bible passage in the Office of Readings during Lent have been working through Exodus. It is a reminder to us of the link between the Passover and the rescue from Egypt and the Easter story. Today’s reading was the making of the Golden Calf. Many years ago, before Neil was ordained we went to […]