December 2, 2009

The Hard Task of Love

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Every time we see a major crisis in the history of the church such as the Great Schism of the eleventh century or the Reformation of the sixteenth century or the immense secularization in the twentieth century, we always see that a major cause of the rupture is the power exercised by those who claim to be the followers of the poor and powerless Jesus. What makes the temptation of power so seemingly irresistible?  Maybe it is that power offers an easy substitute for the hard task of love.

– Henri Nouwen, In the Name of Jesus (New York: Crossroad Publishing Company, 1989), pp. 76-77