Lent and Easter Wisdom from Henri J. M. Nouwen


Lent and Easter Wisdom from Henri J.M. Nouwen
Compiled by Judy Bauer
(Liguori Publications, 2005)


It’s now about the middle of Lent and many of us would have started already on our personal observance of Lent, no?

This book is a meaningful Lent and Easter companion, covering every day during the period from Ash Wednesday to the Second Sunday of Easter. (I wish there were devotions for the rest of Easter as well.)

Each day’s devotion has a theme and includes a reflection from Fr. Henri Nouwen’s writings, a Bible passage (not the same as the Mass readings for the day), a prayer and a suggested “Lenten action” or “Easter action”.

For example, the theme for today, Day 17 Friday of the Second Week of Lent, is faithfulness.

The reflection is taken from Nouwen’s The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey. It is an excerpt where he writes about his desire and quest to live in a way in which “Jesus is truly the center”. Fr. George Strohmeyer from L’Arche advised him – “be faithful in your adoration”. This is what Nouwen says dawned on him:
“He kept using the word “adoration”. This word makes it clear that all attention must be on Jesus and not on me. To adore is to be drawn away from my own preoccupations into the presence of Jesus. It means letting go of what I want, desire, and have planned and fully trusting in Jesus and his love.”

The Bible passage is Luke 16:10-13 on “faithfulness in small things”.

The prayer asks God to “let the activities of my daily life be so centred on Your presence that my friendship with You is solidly entrenched in my heart of hearts.”

The suggested Lenten Action is – to spend time in adoration before the Blessed Sacrament and to be faithful to this even after Lent.

May we have a fruitful Lent and a holy and joyous Easter season!

♫ Makes me want to listen to Beyond the Days