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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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Blessings to All this Advent Season

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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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The Peace That is Not of This World - Third Sunday of Advent

Keep your eyes on the prince of peace, the one who doesn't cling to his divine power; the one who refuses to turn stones into bread, jump from great heights and rule with great power; the one who says, "Blessed are the poor, the gentle, those who mourn, and those who hunger and thirst for righteousness; blessed are the merciful, the pure in heart, the peacemakers and those who are persecuted in the cause of uprightness" (see Matt. 5:3-11); the one who touches the lame, the crippled, and the blind; the one who speaks words of forgiveness and encouragement; the one who dies alone, rejected and despised. Keep your eyes on him who becomes poor with the poor, weak with the weak, and who is rejected with the rejected. He is the source of all peace.

Where is this peace to be found? The answer is clear. In weakness. First of all, in our own weakness, in those places of our hearts where we feel most broken, most insecure, most in agony, most afraid. Why there? Because there, our familiar ways of controlling our world are being stripped away; there we are called to let go from doing much, thinking much, and relying on our self-sufficiency. Right there where we are weakest the peace which is not of this world is hidden.

In Adam's name I say to you, "Claim that peace that remains unknown to so many and make it your own. Because with that peace in your heart you will have new eyes to see and new ears to hear and gradually recognize that same peace in places you would have least expected."
- 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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