Henri Nouwen’s Christmas

In 1974, a decade before joining the L’Arche community in Toronto, Henri Nouwen made a seven-month retreat at a Trappist monastery called The Genesee. He subsequently published his diary for that period, which ended on Christmas Day. Here is his final entry, dated Wednesday, December 25:

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Hapax Happiness

On August 7, 2014, Karen and I celebrated our 32nd wedding anniversary. I posted a photo of us to Facebook, along with these words:

Q: Can a monk and a missionary find happiness together?


Happy 32nd Anniversary to us!

This one post, incidentally, ended up reaching more people and garnering more likes than all my other posts put together.

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