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Publisher: Ave Maria Press

Henri J.M. Nouwen


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Behold The Beauty of the Lord - Praying with Icons

There are many times when I cannot pray, when I am too tired to read the gospels, too restless to have spiritual thoughts, too depressed to find words for God, or too exhausted to do anything. But I can still look at these images so intimately connected with the experience of love. -Henri J.M. Nouwen

Henri Nouwen believed in praying with his eyes open by gazing at icons, an act that touches at the core of Eastern spirituality. "Icons," he says, "are created for the sole purpose of offering access, through the gate of the visible, to the mystery of the invisible. Icons are painted to lead us into the inner room of prayer and bring us close to the heart of God." In Behold the Beauty of the Lord, Nouwen's meditations on four Russian icons invite readers to view all icons as holy places, not as decorations. He urges readers to enter these holy places, making them their own, and to ultimately see for themselves the beauty of the Lord.

"As a western Christian, Henri Nouwen opened his heart in prayer as he gazed upon these four icons, and found meaning which spoke directly to his own soul." -Robert Lentz, O.F.M.