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Listenings: Sign of Our Deliverance

Gratitude is the sign that our resentments no longer rule us.  Gratitude is not just an occasional “thanks be to God” (p. 63), it is a disposition of the heart that celebrates our liberation from death-dealing elements in our lives.  … Continue reading

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Listenings: Our Universal Challenge

As we resume the weekly “Listenings” posting, we return to Nouwen’s book, ‘Spiritual Formation’ (HarperOne, 2010), and we pick up our exploration of it in the midst of his call for us to move from resentment to gratitude.  Nouwen defines … Continue reading

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Listenings: Resumes on October 14

Some of you have asked if the “Listenings” category is going to resume.  You are remembering that it is this category which contains the basic postings about attentive spiritual formation, the heart of Oboedire. The answer is, “Yes.”  We will … Continue reading

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Listenings: From Resentment…

Nouwen defines resentment as “cold, agonizing anger” (p. 59)–the feeling that arises in us when we feel that we have been let down or failed to have received what we think we should have. Resentment impedes spiritual formation because it … Continue reading

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Listenings: Moving from Resentment to Gratitude

One of the reasons I hope you have a copy of Nouwen’s book, Spiritual Formation (Harper Collins) in hand as you read these blogs is so that you can follow the larger journey which can get lost in the weekly … Continue reading

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Listenings: Walking Together (3)

When Jesus walks with us on the journey from sorrow to joy, he also gives us insight. The insight he provided the couple on the road came through a connection of their current experience with scripture.  He put everything in … Continue reading

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Listenings: Walking Together (2)

When Jesus walks with us on the journey from sorrow to joy, he not only enters into our suffering, he moves us from what Nouwen describes as “foolishness.” Nouwen rightly points out that to be called “foolish” is a hard … Continue reading

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