Tuesday, September 09, 2014

To Be Held and to Hold

God wants to love you in all that you are, spirit and body. . . . How then do you bring your body home? By letting it participate in your deepest desire to receive and offer love. Your body needs to be held and to hold, to be touched and to touch. None of these needs is to be despised, denied, or repressed. But you have to keep searching for your body's deeper need, the need for genuine love. Every time you are able to go beyond the body's superficial desires . . . you are bringing your body home and moving toward integration and unity.

– Henri J.M. Nouwen
Excerpted from The Inner Voice of Love
p. 19

See also the previous Wild Reed posts:
In the Garden of Spirituality – Henri Nouwen
Lent with Henri
David Whyte: "To Be Courageous is to Stay Close to the Way We Are Made"
"In Finding Myself, I Found God and My Voice"
Lovemaking: Pathway to Truth, Harmony and Wholeness
The Many Manifestations of God's Loving Embrace
The Longing for Love: God's Primal Beatitude
Never Say It is Not God
Just Now and Then
Love at Love's Brightest

Related Off-site Links:
Henri Nouwen: Priest and Author Who Struggled with His Homosexuality – Kittredge Cherry (Jesus in Love Blog, September 21, 2012).
The Anguish of a Closeted PriestNihil Obstat (June 24, 2008).
The Official Website of the Henri Nouwen Society

Recommended Books:
Wounded Prophet: A Portrait of Henri J.M. Nouwen – Michael Ford (Image, 2002).
Henri's Mantle: 100 Meditations on Nouwen's Legacy – Chris Glaser (Pilgrim Press, 2010).

Image: Marcus Dean and Bill Heck in Yen Tan's 2013 film Pit Stop. To read Michael D. Klemm's review, click here. For an interview with Jonathan Duffy, the film's producer, click here.

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