Reflection of the Week - 3rd October 2023

By Henri Nouwen

Posted in Faith

Our True Home

How can we live in the midst of a world marked by fear, hatred, and violence, and not be destroyed by it?

When Jesus prays to his Father for his disciples he responds to this question by saying, ‘I am not asking you to remove them from the world but to protect them from the evil one. They do not belong to the world any more than I belong to the world’ (John 17:15–16).

To live in the world without belonging to the world summarises the essence of the spiritual life. The spiritual life keeps us aware that our true house is not the house of fear, in which the powers of hatred and violence rule, but the house of love, where God resides.


Henri Nouwen Society, Meditation Landing - Henri Nouwen

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