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ARKANsAs CATHOLIC June 12, 1999 Page 13 Although he died in 1996, Father Henri Nouwen remains among the most popular writers on spirituality the United States and abroad. While 30 of writing, lecturing, teaching and won international fame for this Dutch priest, it failed for the most part h thatmerp he hello aay Others find. .oesThe a,u, thor of this book rightly cars it a t,' since it is not a biogra- not analyze his literary style nor ehis theology systematical . What Ford, a BBC producer, has done is to his fiiends, colleagues and family, and delve into his voluminous wriling m ProdUce an admiring word portrait of a annarkable priest and lonely man. Father Nouwen emerges as a complex, soul whose search for intimacy God was frequently derailed by his mc- He is revealed as a man tormented by longings and as a Wayeffd 0dtat who steadfastly kept his of cdiha- the end he chose to turn his hack on Worldly success to work in a community erely handicapped men and women, ast of whom had never heard of him. f .27 in 1932, Father Nouwen came well-todo, pious Catholic family. As a he liked to dress in miniature vest- play at celebrating Mass. He was 'mined a priest in 1957 and began gradu- Work in psychology at the Catholic Uaiversity of Nijmegen. Somehow he per- the p ag, Men g I iaae in Topeka, Kan., to accept him for a pro- gram of studies in religion and psychiatry for yearn Father next joined the psychog ogy department of the Unicetdty of Notre Dame in South Bend, In&, where he was very happy except for the competitive spirit Then it was back to Holland for more theology. He had decided that instead of hringing the insights of psychology to what he wanted to do was shine the light of OLris6an theology on the study and of p hok y. In years he became a tenured of p smral theology at Yale Dk ty School and a guest professor and lecuaer at Harvard's divinity schooL He Imhgshed an amazing, growing numher of books on spiri- tuality, grace and prayer. He was in wide demand as a laeacher and speaker by the more liberal Cadmlk circles and by a broad specaum of Promaant and other and ahr Desl , or ema beouse this amam F ber Nmmcn frequcndy suffered fi u depression and emotional and phyfical exhaustion. He moaxl into the Trappist momm at Genesee, NX, Aing the heal- ing of and ditude. At another he reed he g a and neidm" monk lint new boo ar e from the After Harvard, he moved to a French community of handicapped persons out- side of Paris known as L'Arche. Later he ent Canada to be pastor of L'Arche in Ontario, where he mtr until his death at the age of 64 to he a servant rather than a savant of service. In what might he considered irony by some, seven more of his books have been year of AS presented by the author, Father Nouwen s .ems the embodiment of St. Augustine's fmnom pra) ev. "Oh Lord, I am re le unal I res in 1bee." He is definitely worth reading about. James ONeill is a fom nmaman and ltmb- BEST BOOKS man CHlCAC_ (Ct ) -- pat V. Atmm's Mata & ]hefes The Smiy of a Love" won lim l: ace ft." best popular 0resentatk of the faRh the Press /ss(x/atlon's 1999 book awanls. "me awards were 28 at the CP^'s natloml c mamtk Written by a retired auxiliary bishop York and pu Lshea by Doubleday, "Maudce & Therese" contains the dence of St. erese of LLsleux and Maudce Belllere, a young send- narlan and aspiring missionary for whom she prayed, as as com- mentaq,, and bk graOhg information. tr r cP^ lu g s sa , "1"o read the letnns that fi m hease re k a joumey into the heart t : herese. Her Iowe for Maudo never acered he vas the 'qultmss tlai tale soul."' S nd the popu pres- entat went m "Ouch and a Doubks by homas BoltentaX . "F e Grit Ueas" by W. Qad from Pubash Co. thud Loraine Bennett remembered St. Vincent in her will. Because of generous gifts like hers, we are able to purchase state-of-the-art equipment for our neonatal intensive care unit. And now, babies like Samuel Swaffar, who weighed only two pounds and six ounces at birth, have a better chance of survival. You, too, can help Lora/ 8math save lives for years to come by including the St. Vincent Foundation in your estate planning. For more information, contact Carolyn McCone at (501) 660-2384. CATHOLIC HEALTH INITIATIVES St.Vincent Foundation