Monday, February 28, 2005

Nouwen on Community

In solitude we can come to the realization that we are not driven together but brought together. In solitude we come to know our fellow human beings not as partners who can satisfy our deepest needs, but as brothers and sisters with whom we are called to give visibility to God's all-embracing love. In solitude we discover that community is not a common ideology, but a response to a common call. In solitude we indeed realize that community is not made but given.
From Clowning in Rome

Nouwen also brings the idea that we must move from solitude to community to ministry. Maybe the key to coming together is being apart?



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