Henri Jozef Machiel Nouwen (January 24, 1932 - October 2, 1996) was a Dutch Catholic priest and writer who authored 40 books on the spiritual life. His most widely-read book is The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming, He lectured at the University of Notre Dame, Harvard University and Yale University and travelled extensively throughout North America giving retreats and lectures..
"When we honestly ask ourselves which person in our lives mean the most to us, we often find that it is those who, instead of giving advice, solutions, or cures, have chosen rather to share our pain and touch our wounds with a warm and tender hand. The friend who can be silent with us in a moment of despair or confusion, who can stay with us in an hour of grief and bereavement, who can tolerate now knowing, not curing, not healing and face with us the reality of our powerlessness, that is a friend who cares."
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