The Road to Peace: Writings on Peace and Justice

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Orbis Books, Jan 1, 1998 - Religion - 220 pages
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Throughout his life Henri Nouwen stressed the connection between intimacy with Christ and solidarity with a wounded world. From his early support for the civil rights movement, through his engagement in the cause of peace and his life with the handicapped members of the L'Arche community, Nouwen was always engaged with the social dimensions of the gospel.

In gathering Nouwen's writings on peace and social justice, editor John Dear amplifies this crucial element of Nouwen's message about the call of Christian discipleship. At the same time, Nouwen issues a call to activists to be peacemakers in the fullest sense: to root their witness in prayer, joy, and a spirit of love. Included are a previously unpublished essay on peacemaking; stories of the March on Selma and the funeral of Martin Luther King; reflections on the legacies of Oscar Romero and Thomas Merton; and a moving talk on compassion in the time of AIDS.

For all those who have read and treasured the life and work of Henri Nouwen, The Road to Peace is an inspiration, and a challenge to live our Christian lives with both love and action.

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About the author (1998)

He was born in the Netherlands in 1932. An ordained priest and gifted teacher, he taught at several universities including Notre Dame, Harvard and Yale. He was a missionary in Peru. He died of a heart attack in 1996.

John Dear is a Jesuit priest and peace activist and the author of many books including Living Peace, The Questions of Jesus, Transfiguration, Jesus the Rebel, and Peace Behind Bars. His Orbis titles include You Will Be My Witnesses, and, as editor, Mohandas Gandhi, Daniel Berrigan: Essential Writings, and Henri Nouwen's The Road to Peace. He writes a weekly online column for NCR. He lives in New Mexico.

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