Reflection of the Week - 27th September 2022

By Henry Nouwen

Posted in Faith

Listening is much more than allowing another to talk while waiting for a chance to respond. Listening is paying full attention to others and welcoming them into our very beings.

The beauty of listening is that, those who are listened to start feeling accepted, start taking their words more seriously and discovering their own true selves. Listening is a form of spiritual hospitality by which you invite strangers to become friends, to get to know their inner selves more fully, and even to dare to be silent with you.

 

Henri J.M. Nouwen, 'Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Widsom and Faith.'

Source: Stillpoint Newsletter, 23rd September 2022.

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