Wednesday, March 5, 2014

the three polarities

"The spiritual life is that constant movement between the poles of loneliness and solitude, hostility and hospitality, illusion and prayer. The more we come to the painful confession of our loneliness, hostilities and illusions, the more we are able to see solitude, hospitality and prayer as part of the vision of our life.

Often it is the dark forest that makes us speak about the open field."

                                          - Henri Nouwen,  Reaching Out


  1. that's really lovely; my husband and I were talking about Nouwen just the other night...

  2. Hi Lisa - I'm trying to come out from under the avalanche of priorities that seem to come rushing at once. I still have your address and still plan to follow through, although I feel like such a bad friend for taking so long - please forgive me!!!

    1. Hi, Kathy! I know you've been busy - of course, there's nothing to forgive!!