Henri

Many human relationship are like the interlocking fingers of two hands. Oue loneliness makes us cling  to one another, and this mutual clinging makes us suffer immensely because it does not take our loneliness away. But the harder we try, the more desperate we become. Many of these “interlocking” relationships fall apart because they become suffocating and oppressive. Human relationships are meant to be like two hands folded together. They can move away from each other while still touching with the fingertips. They can create space between themselves, a little tent, a home, a safe place to be.

True relationships among people point to God. They are like prayers in the world. Sometimes the hands that pray are fully touching. Sometimes there is distance between them. They always move to and from each other, but they never lose touch. They keep praying to the One who brought them together
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~Henri J.M. Nouwen

Henri Nouwen meninggal di tahun 1996 dan 10 tahun kemudian saya baru mengenal beliau.

Dia adalah sosok tokoh yang selalu saya kagumi. Melalui tulisan-tulisannya saya banyak belajar dan mengerti kerapuhan manusia dan cinta kasih Allah yang begitu besar terhadap manusia.

I used to think that a leader is someone perfect; flawless so that everyone respects him because of it. but now, a leader is someone who is humble enough to admit his weaknesses and woundedness and use it to help others; the wounded healer.
(3 April 2008)

Henri bukan seperti orang pada umumnya. Dia mengakui kelemahannya, kekurangannya tanpa merasa gengsi atau pun malu. Semua kesulitannya, emosinya, ketakutannya dijabarkan dengan terbuka di setiap tulisannya. Hal itu membuat saya mengerti dan mungkin hal itu membuat buku-bukunya menjadi sangat personal untuk saya.

Perjalanan liburan terakhir saya kemarin ini, saya berhasil mendapatkan beberapa buku terjemahan Henri Nouwen. Ya, seperti saya banyak mendapatkan inspirasi dan pertumbuhan rohani melalui tulisan-tulisannya, saya akan mencoba mengenalkan spiritualitas Henri Nouwen ke orang-orang terdekat saya, dan semoga pada akhirnya kita semua bisa semakin bertumbuh di dalam iman dan kasih.

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