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This website is dedicated to promote the enduring legacy of Henri Nouwen, one of the greatest spiritual writers of the last century. It is owned and managed by Wil Hernandez whose Ph.D. dissertation work focused upon the study of Nouwen's counterintuitive and countercultural brand of spirituality.
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I want to personally welcome you to this special site devoted to celebrating and promoting the life and work of one of my spiritual heroes: Henri Nouwen. People all over the world have been extraordinarily impacted by the life of this “imperfect” saint of God. I invite you to join me in the continuing exploration of Nouwen’s unique spirituality, a spirituality that points us to Jesus, who specializes in working through imperfect vessels like you and me. On this welcome page, I freely share both my collected as well as random thoughts about Nouwen: his life, his work, his all-encompassing relationship — with God, with others, and with himself.
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Something Hardly Noticeable - Second Sunday of Advent

"A shoot shall sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall blossom. The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him." (Isaiah11:1-2).
These words from last night's liturgy have stayed with me during the day. Our salvation comes from something small, tender, and vulnerable, something hardly noticeable. God, who is the Creator of the Universe, comes to us in smallness, weakness, and hiddenness.
I find this a hopeful message. Somehow, I keep expecting loud and impressive events to convince me and others of God's saving power; but over and over again I am reminded that spectacles, power plays, and big events are the ways of the world. Our temptation is to be distracted by them and made blind to the "shoot that shall sprout from the stump."
When I have no eyes for the small signs of God's presence - the smile of a baby, the carefree play of children, the words of encouragement and gestures of love offered by friends - I will always remain tempted to despair.
The small child of Bethlehem, the unknown young man of Nazareth, the rejected preacher, the naked man on the cross, he asks for my full attention. The work of our salvation takes place in the midst of a world that continues to shout, scream, and overwhelm us with its claims and promises. But the promise is hidden in the shoot that sprouts from the stump, a shoot that hardly anyone notices.
- Henri Nouwen


Weekend Retreat at Saint Andrew’s Abbey (Valyermo, CA)
Nov. 24-26, 2017


Weekend Retreat at Saint Andrew’s Abbey (Valyermo, CA)
Nov. 24-26, 2017

Weekend Retreat at Saint Andrew’s Abbey (Valyermo, CA)
Nov. 24-26, 2017
Weekend Retreat at Saint Andrew’s Abbey
Valyermo, CA
Nov. 24-26, 2017


Nouwen One-Day Retreat (April 8, 2017)
The Center@Bethlehem (Tagaytay Highlands)


Nouwen One-Day Retreat (April 8, 2017)
The Center@Bethlehem (Tagaytay Highlands)
Nouwen One-Day Retreat at The Center@Bethlehem
Tagaytay Highlands
April 8, 2017


Henri Nouwen Two-Week Intensive Class – Loyola School of Theology (Ateneo de Manila) - March 27-April 7, 2017

Henri Nouwen Two-Week Intensive Class – Loyola School of Theology (Ateneo de Manila) - March 27-April 7, 2017

Henri Nouwen Two-Week Intensive Class – Loyola School of Theology (Ateneo de Manila) - March 27-April 7, 2017
Henri Nouwen Two-Week Intensive Class
Loyola School of Theology (Ateneo de Manila)
March 27-April 7, 2017


Nouwen Weekend Retreat – Abbey of the Transfiguration (Malaybalay, Bukidnon) - March 17-19, 2017

Nouwen Weekend Retreat – Abbey of the Transfiguration (Malaybalay, Bukidnon) - March 17-19, 2017

Nouwen Weekend Retreat – Abbey of the Transfiguration (Malaybalay, Bukidnon) - March 17-19, 2017
Nouwen Weekend Retreat - Abbey of the Transfiguration
Malaybalay, Bukidnon
March 17-19, 2017

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"I thank Wil Hernandez for continuing to study and disseminate the brilliant gifts and Gospel-centered ministry of Henri Nouwen. This book, and his two other previous studies on Nouwen, are now keeping us all on message! Wil has become a friend of a friend, who was an inspired friend to all who love the simple and wondrous Gospel of Life. His writings and his ministry will stand the tests of time, because Henri Nouwen saw and wrote from a bright and clear level that is always true."

- From the Foreword

Richard Rohr, O.F.M
Center for Action and Contemplation

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