Clowning in Rome: Reflections on Solitude, Celibacy, Prayer, and Contemplation (2020)

Clowning in Rome: Reflections on Solitude, Celibacy, Prayer, and Contemplation Henri J.M. Nouwen Clowning in Rome Reflections on Solitude Celibacy Prayer and Contemplation A classic work by one of this century s most beloved spiritual writers now reissued The inspirational writings of Henri Nouwen have touched millions of readers all over the world and since his death
  • Title: Clowning in Rome: Reflections on Solitude, Celibacy, Prayer, and Contemplation
  • Author: Henri J.M. Nouwen
  • ISBN: 9780385499996
  • Page: 494
  • Format: Paperback
Clowning in Rome: Reflections on Solitude, Celibacy, Prayer, and Contemplation Henri J.M. Nouwen A classic work by one of this century s most beloved spiritual writers now reissued.The inspirational writings of Henri Nouwen have touched millions of readers all over the world, and since his death in September 1996, widespread recognition of their enduring value has continued to grow Now, after being unavailable for several years, Nouwen s Clowning in Rome is availableA classic work by one of this century s most beloved spiritual writers now reissued.The inspirational writings of Henri Nouwen have touched millions of readers all over the world, and since his death in September 1996, widespread recognition of their enduring value has continued to grow Now, after being unavailable for several years, Nouwen s Clowning in Rome is available again as an Image trade paperback In this classic account of the time he spent in Rome, Nouwen offers reflections and spiritual insight characteristic of his best works During the months in Rome, it wasn t the red cardinals or the Red Brigade who had the most impact on Nouwen, but the little things that took place between the great scenes In some ways, Nouwen discovered, the real and true story was told by the clowns he often saw in the city streets In his own words, from the Introduction to Clowning in Rome The clowns are not the center of events They appear between the great acts, fumble and fall and make us smile again after the tensions created by the heroes we came to admire The clowns don t have it together they are awkward, out of balance and left handed, but they are on our side The clowns remind us with a tear and a smile that we are sharing the same human weakness The longer I was in Rome, the I enjoyed the clowns, those peripheral people who by their humble, saintly lives evoke a smile and awaken hope, even in a city terrorized by kidnapping and street violence.
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  1. Andy Littleton

    Nouwen s title here alludes to the busy and very secular modern scene he encountered in Rome The clowns seemed to do meaningless things, but they were so needed amidst the hustle of the modern city He compares the spiritual disciplines of his faith to the gift the clowns give the people of the city I haven t read much that comes from a Catholic perspective, but found this helpful in understanding some of Catholicism s practices as they work counter to the modern civilization Much is applicable [...]

  2. Alyssa Foll

    A lovely read from Nouwen on several topics I particularly enjoyed his work on celibacy and marriage and how the two are in service to each other This is not my favorite work collection from Nouwen, but it s also like saying, this is not my favorite chocolate Even when it s not my favorite, it s still excellent.

  3. Leah

    Once again, Henri Nouwen has blown my mind He was asked to teach for 5 months at the North American University in Rome and this book is a set of four lectures combined to cover things like contemplative prayer, celibacy, solitude, community, and caring for one another The man is so good at explaining the deepest of concepts in the most understandable, heartfelt terms.One quote that particularly applied to me as I was reading on solitude and prayer was this We may think that prayer is good when t [...]

  4. Matthew

    In a style which I have found to be Nouwen s signature I found a great deal of wisdom for married life in the essay on celibacy.

  5. Ruben

    Henri in his usual introspective style shares some great insights and learnings which he presented to some students His understanding as to how people live lives of fear is on target However, he doesn t stop there He gives an unusual prescription for healing solitude Yes, solitude as a medicine, not just a solution, but a direction for many of the core ills we struggle with relationally Our expectation for others to fill certain voids in our lives unconditional love, complete understanding, cons [...]

  6. Kiel

    Nouwen was a prolific Catholic writer for many years, particularly in the genre of spiritual formation This book is a collection of lectures he gave in Rome to a group of clergy people He took his cues from the clowns around Rome who he viewed on the periphery of society, very humble, yet whose live s entire purpose was to bring a smile to people on the periphery That s the major theme, the clownishness of the Christian life as a way of standing against the worldly powers It s an interesting and [...]

  7. Jeff

    Walking through 4 chapters on Solitude Community, Celibacy the Holy, Prayer Thought and Contemplation Ministry Nouwen shows how these seeming contradictions are things to be held in balance with one another in a tension and mystery that can be enjoyed on a practical level I think the heart of the book comes near the end as Nouwen sums up what it means to spend time with God by finding our hearts center, in which we can find God I hope that this book will be a blessing to all who read it as it ha [...]

  8. Kylee Olson

    SO much is packed into this little book I loved his reflections on what it means to be a Christian and how that doesn t always mean we get everything right, coming in as this All American superhero who saves the day I love the emphasis he puts on succeeding in following God in the day to day struggles of life His emphasis on solitude was so encouraging and enlightening to me I loved it Though you should pay attention when reading this Not really one you can zone out and then back in easily.

  9. Jimmy Locklear

    This is one of Henri s earliest books based on some teaching he did for some young priests and sisters in Rome in late 70s His writings on solitude and prayer are formative and excellent He also introduces clowning and other circus themes that were so important to his life and work Some of his reflections on poverty are powerful for personal and church renewal Even his chapter on celibacy has much to teach us who are married about humility and openness to God s care.

  10. Stephen

    As with all of Nouwen s books, wonderful His insights on the relationship between contemplative prayer and caring, learning to see the lion in your own heart before you can see the lion in the block of marble you are carving, in the terms of a key parable, were particularly useful to me Highly recommend.

  11. Tekapope

    Distracted by clown analogy Supposed to be a fool A compelling description of the place in the world for celibates and marrieds Metaphor of making ourselves fools for Christ A couple of nuggets that were meaningful good description of celibates and marrieds Boredom feeling that real deisions are made outside of us Time as opposite for a change of heart

  12. Kolia

    Great thoughts on prayer, and suprisingly, the section on celibacy may be the best part of the book and I m married.

  13. C. Christopher

    The chapter on solitude and community is one I read over and over again, usually at least once a year

  14. Mary

    Not one of Nouwen s most well known books but it should be I read this in my studies to become a spiritual director It came at just the right time.

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