The internationally renowned priest and author, respected professor and beloved pastor Henri Nouwen (pronounced Henry Now-win) wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. He corresponded regularly in English, Dutch, German, French and Spanish with hundreds of friends and reached out to thousands through his Eucharistic celebrations, lectures and retreats. Since his death in 1996, ever-increasing numbers of readers, writers, teachers and seekers have been guided by his literary legacy. Nouwen’s books have sold over 2 million copies and been published in over 22 languages.
Nouwen believed that what is most personal is most universal; he wrote, “By giving words to these intimate experiences I can make my life available to others.”
A Family Prayer
Praise be to God who made us a family.
Praise be to God for the love that we share.
Praise be to God for sending us Jesus.
Praise be to God for teaching us to care.
Help us, Lord Jesus fill our lives with your Spirit.
Help us, Lord Jesus teach us how to forgive.
Help us, Lord Jesus grant us wisdom and patience.
Help us, Lord Jesus in your grace may we live.
Come, Holy Spirit fill our lives with your gifts.
Come, Holy Spirit help us serve other’s needs.
Come, Holy Spirit teach us faith, hope, and love.
Come, Holy Spirit guide our thoughts and our deeds.
Be with us, God we ask Mary to help us.
Be with us, God we look to Joseph for aid.
Be with us, God may we respect one another.
Be with us, God may our hope never fade.
Hear us, Lord Jesus watch over our family.
Hear us, Lord Jesus help our faith to grow strong.
Hear us, Lord Jesus come and dwell in our hearts.
Hear us, Lord Jesus to you we belong.
Spirit, we praise you you invite us to know you.
Spirit, we praise you may we walk in your light.
Spirit, we praise you may we find you in all things.
Spirit, we praise you all day and all night.