Discernment has ratings and 63 reviews. Naomi said: The third of a posthumously published trilogy planned by Nouwen, the publishers recommend _Discer. In his 40 books on spirituality, Henri J. M. Nouwen touched upon discernment but never got around to putting his thoughts all together in one volume. Now in. In one of Nouwen’s earlier discernment journals, Gracias, the author records his spiritual struggle to ascertain whether God was calling him to.

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Discernment: Reading the Signs of Daily Life

Preview — Discernment by Henri J. Discernment Noywen Showing of Reading the Signs of Daily Life. Living in the presence of God is the greater call. I know this can be hard to affirm. You are the beloved daughter or son of God.

Can you believe it? Can you hear it not only in your head through your physical ears but in your gut, hear it so that your whole life can be turned around? Go to the scriptures and read: I have written your name in the palm of my hand from all eternity. You are mine and I am yours and you belong to me.


Discernment Quotes by Henri J.M. Nouwen

And every other love will be partial, will be real, but limited, will be painful. He observes the forces of nature, learns from them, teaches about them, and reveals that the God of Creation is the same God who sent him to give good news to the poor, sight to the blind, and freedom to the prisoners.

He walks from village to village, discernmsnt alone and sometimes with others; as he walks, he meets the poor, the beggars, the blind, the sick, the mourners, and those who have lost hope. He listens attentively to those with whom he walks, and he speaks to them with the authority of a true companion on the road.

He remains very close to the ground. The Lord, who is the creator of the universe, comes to us in smallness, weakness, and hiddenness. The challenge is to develop a simple discipline or spiritual practice to embrace some empty time and empty space every day.

Discernment Quotes

It is not something we anticipate or experience with great joy. In fact, most of us consider it a waste of time. Show you are able to make a difference! Biblical meditation is a traditional method of solitary prayer. By selecting a particular scripture verse from the gospel reading for the day, or a favourite psalm, or a sentence from a letter from Paul, you can create a safe wall around your heart that will allow you to pay attention.


Jesus stands in our midst and beckons us home so that we can be restored to our true selves. What is needed is a balance of biblical values and emphasis on the empowering quality of the gospel. The spiritual values of humility, nohwen suffering, endurance, and obedience are to be affirmed alongside self-reliance, freedom, proclamation, mission, and authority.

Could it be that beneath all the lures to greed, lust, and success rests a great fear of never being enough or not being lovable? To be discernmen of the Spirit is to step into a freedom that we never imagined before. We both came to understand that each of us is limited in our capacity to be for another what is needed, and learned to forgive each other for not being God. But to the degree that discernjent formation is being sought after and realized, there is hope for the church of the twenty-first century.

We keep running away from the present moment, and we try to create experiences that make our lives worthwhile. So we fill up our time to avoid the emptiness we otherwise would feel.

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