Thursday, April 10, 2008

RECOGNIZING GIFTEDNESS

"One of the tasks of ministry is to show people their divine gifts. A gift becomes visible in the eyes of the receiver. As ministers, we awaken others to their own qualities by receiving, celebrating, and valuing them, by accepting those gifts and expressing our gratitude."

"This happens when we interpret something as the grace of God in the other. It becomes revolutionary when the poor can realize their giftedness and know that they have something to give the world. Liberation theology is about claiming that giftedness and setting it free."

-- Henri Nouwen, quoted in The Road to Peace edited by John Dear (Orbis, 1998)

2 comments:

  1. michelle10:10 AM

    John,
    I came across your blog & noticed you quoting John Dear. I work for hte publisher who is publishing his autobiography. Quite fascinating. Thought you'd be interested www.persistentpeace.com - feel free to lift anything from the website :)
    Michelle

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  2. Thanks, Michelle. I found John Dear's compilation of Henri Nouwen's writings on peace very insightful. I know next to nothing about John Dear, so his autobiography and the site you list will be most interesting to me.

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