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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 impactedby 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

San Damiano Weekend Nouwen Retreat
Sept. 9-11, 2016, Danville, CA

WAY OF THE HEART International Conference
(June 9-11) at the University of Toronto
For more info: www.uofttix.ca/wayoftheheart


'Movements of the Heart' (Georgia Five-Day Academy) - Epworth by the Sea, Brunswick, GA
May 1-6, 2016

'Movements of the Heart' (Georgia Five-Day Academy) - Epworth by the Sea, Brunswick, GA
May 1-6, 2016

'Movements of the Heart' (Georgia Five-Day Academy) - Epworth by the Sea, Brunswick, GA
May 1-6, 2016

'Movements of the Heart' (Georgia Five-Day Academy) - Epworth by the Sea, Brunswick, GA
May 1-6, 2016

'Movements of the Heart' (Georgia Five-Day Academy) - Epworth by the Sea, Brunswick, GA
May 1-6, 2016

'Movements of the Heart' (Georgia Five-Day Academy) - Epworth by the Sea, Brunswick, GA
May 1-6, 2016
"Movements of the Heart" (Georgia Five-Day Academy)
Epworth by the Sea, Brunswick, GA
May 1-6, 2016

Mere Spirituality UK/EU edition

Mere Spirituality
Click HERE to read what others are saying about
MERE SPIRITUALITY

To order from SkyLight Paths Publishing, click HERE!
To order from St. Pauls Philippines, click HERE!


Nouwen Workshop at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Feb. 27, 2016, Anaheim Convention Center, CA

Nouwen Workshop at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Feb. 27, 2016, Anaheim Convention Center, CA

Nouwen Workshop at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Feb. 27, 2016, Anaheim Convention Center, CA
Nouwen Workshop at the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress
Feb. 27, 2016, Anaheim Convention Center, CA


Weekend Retreat in Tagaytay, Philippines 
Feb. 12-14, 2016
Weekend Retreat in Tagaytay, Philippines
Feb. 12-14, 2016


Weekend Nouwen Retreat at Prothro Center (Lake Texoma, TX)
Jan. 15-17, 2016

Weekend Nouwen Retreat at Prothro Center (Lake Texoma, TX)
Jan. 15-17, 2016

Weekend Nouwen Retreat at Prothro Center (Lake Texoma, TX)
Jan. 15-17, 2016
Weekend Nouwen Retreat at Prothro Center (Lake Texoma, TX)
Jan. 15-17, 2016


'Mystery, Tension, Polarities'
A Six-Day Silent Directed Retreat (June 14-20, 2015)
St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers, CA


'Mystery, Tension, Polarities'
A Six-Day Silent Directed Retreat (June 14-20, 2015)
St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers, CA


'Mystery, Tension, Polarities'
A Six-Day Silent Directed Retreat (June 14-20, 2015)
St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers, CA
"Mystery, Tension, Polarities"
A Six-Day Silent Directed Retreat (June 14-20, 2015)
St. Anthony Retreat Center, Three Rivers, CA


'Soul Companioning' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (Louisiana/Arkansas Conference)
February 8-13, 2015

'Soul Companioning' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (Louisiana/Arkansas Conference)
February 8-13, 2015


'Soul Companioning' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (Louisiana/Arkansas Conference)
February 8-13, 2015


'Soul Companioning' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (Louisiana/Arkansas Conference)
February 8-13, 2015
“Soul Companioning” (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (Louisiana/Arkansas Conference)
February 8-13, 2015


'Mystery, Tension, Polarities' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (San Antonio, Texas)
Jan. 18-23, 2015

'Mystery, Tension, Polarities' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (San Antonio, Texas)
Jan. 18-23, 2015

'Mystery, Tension, Polarities' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (San Antonio, Texas)
Jan. 18-23, 2015


'Mystery, Tension, Polarities' (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (San Antonio, Texas)
Jan. 18-23, 2015
“Mystery, Tension, Polarities” (Nouwen Presentation)
Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation (San Antonio, Texas)
Jan. 18-23, 2015


Weekend Nouwen Retreat with Fuller Seminary Students
Nov. 14-16, 2014 (Saint Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, CA)
Weekend Nouwen Retreat with Fuller Seminary Students
Nov. 14-16, 2014
Saint Andrew’s Abbey, Valyermo, CA


'Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen'
Three-Day Retreat (Oct. 29-31, 2014) at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)


'Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen'
Three-Day Retreat (Oct. 29-31, 2014) at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)

'Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen'
Three-Day Retreat (Oct. 29-31, 2014) at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)


'Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen'
Three-Day Retreat (Oct. 29-31, 2014) at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)


'Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen'
Three-Day Retreat (oct. 29-31, 2014) at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)
"Befriending Imperfection and Tension: In the Footsteps of Henri Nouwen"
Three-Day Retreat at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit (Conyers, GA)
Oct. 29-31, 2014


'Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer'
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ (Oct. 17-19, 2014)


'Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer'
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ (Oct. 17-19, 2014)

'Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer'
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ (Oct. 17-19, 2014)


'Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer'
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ (Oct. 17-19, 2014)



'Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer'
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ (Oct. 17-19, 2014)
"Wholeness through Brokenness: Henri Nouwen on Being a Wounded Healer"
Weekend Retreat at The Casa, Scottsdale, AZ
Oct. 17-19, 2014


'Coming Home: Henri Nouwen on the Reality of Our Journey'
Weekend Retreat: Oct. 3-5 (Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge, CO)

'Coming Home: Henri Nouwen on the Reality of Our Journey'
Weekend Retreat: Oct. 3-5 (Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge, CO)

'Coming Home: Henri Nouwen on the Reality of Our Journey'
Weekend Retreat: Oct. 3-5 (Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge, CO)

'Coming Home: Henri Nouwen on the Reality of Our Journey'
Weekend Retreat: Oct. 3-5 (Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge, CO)
"Coming Home: Henri Nouwen on the Reality of Our Journey"
Weekend Retreat: Oct. 3-5 (Potter’s Inn at Aspen Ridge, CO)


Nouwen Presentation in Los Angeles, California (May 6, 2014)
Hosted by Theology Connection (A Ministry of the Paulist Fathers)


Nouwen Presentation in Los Angeles, California (May 6, 2014)
Hosted by Theology Connection (A Ministry of the Paulist Fathers)




Nouwen Presentation in Los Angeles, California (May 6, 2014)
Hosted by Theology Connection (A Ministry of the Paulist Fathers)


Nouwen Presentation in Los Angeles, California (May 6, 2014)
Hosted by Theology Connection (A Ministry of the Paulist Fathers)
Nouwen Presentation in Los Angeles, California
Hosted by Theology Connection (A Ministry of the Paulist Fathers)
(May 6, 2014)



Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)

Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)

Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)

Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)

Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)

Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska (April 27-May 2, 2014)
Nebraska Five-Day Academy for Spiritual Formation
St. Benedict Center, Schuyler, Nebraska
(April 27-May 2, 2014)


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'Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension' Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)


'Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension' Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)



'Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension' Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)



'Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension' Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)
"Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension" Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014

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Paulist Press Nouwen Book Signing
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Exhibit Hall
Anaheim Convention Center, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)



Paulist Press Nouwen Book Signing
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Exhibit Hall
Anaheim Convention Center, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)



'Henri Nouwen: A Life of Hope Amidst Tension' Workshop Presentation
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress at Anaheim Convention, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)



Paulist Press Nouwen Book Signing
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Exhibit Hall
Anaheim Convention Center, California
March 15, 2014 (Saturday)
Paulist Press Nouwen Book Signing
Los Angeles Religious Education Congress Exhibit Hall
Anaheim Convention Center, California
March 15, 2014


'Finding Our Way Home: Our Journey with Henri Nouwen'
Weekend Retreat at Our Lady's Hill Retreat Center
Bago City, Negros Occidental (Philippines)
Feb. 21-23, 2014

'Finding Our Way Home: Our Journey with Henri Nouwen'
Weekend Retreat at Our Lady's Hill Retreat Center
Bago City, Negros Occidental (Philippines)
Feb. 21-23, 2014
"Finding Our Way Home: Our Journey with Henri Nouwen"
Weekend Retreat at Our Lady's Hill Retreat Center
(Bago City, Negros Occidental, Philippines)
Feb. 21-23, 2014
Click HERE to view Slideshow/Video


Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
Carmel-Mandalagan (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Feb. 20, 2014


Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
Carmel-Mandalagan (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Feb. 20, 2014

Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
Carmel-Mandalagan (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Feb. 20, 2014
Book Lecture/Signing
(Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)

Carmel-Mandalagan (Bacolod City, Philippines)
Feb. 20, 2014


Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
St. Scholastica's Retreat Center (Tagaytay)
Feb. 17, 2014

Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
St. Scholastica's Retreat Center (Tagaytay)
Feb. 17, 2014


Book Lecture/Signing (Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)
St. Scholastica's Retreat Center (Tagaytay)
Feb. 17, 2014
Book Lecture/Signing
(Henri Nouwen Trilogy published locally by St. Paul's Phils.)

St. Scholastica's Retreat Center (Tagaytay, Philippines)
Feb. 17, 2014

Living from Our Sacred Center: Henri Nouwen on the True Self
"Living from Our Sacred Center: Henri Nouwen on the True Self"
Weekend Retreat at St. Scholastica's Retreat Center (Tagaytay, Philippines)
Feb. 14-16, 2014
Click HERE to view Slideshow/Video

For this 2014, perhaps, some of you can join a retreat, a seminar, a workshop, or a course dealing with the spirituality of Henri Nouwen (click HERE to check out the 2014 Calendar of Events). Join me as we all partake in and continue to share with others the rich spiritual legacy of Henri Nouwen.

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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."

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Richard Rohr, O.F.M
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