From Fr. Henri Nouwen: Spiritual Touchstone

Join us in reflecting on the following prayer from Fr. Henri Nouwen:

The Mosaic That Shows Us the Face of God

A mosaic consists of thousands of little stones. Some are blue, some are green, some are yellow, some are gold. When we bring our faces close to the mosaic, we can admire the beauty of each stone. But as we step back from it, we can see that all these little stones reveal to us a beautiful picture, telling a story none of these stones can tell by itself.

That is what our life in community is about. Each of us is like a little stone, but together we reveal the face of God to the world. Nobody can say: “I make God visible.” But others who see us together can say: “They make God visible.” Community is where humility and glory touch.

Fr. Henri Nouwen, Dutch Priest
excerpt from Bread for the Journey

Some prayerful questions to consider:

What stone are you?
What place do you hold in the mosaic? How do you see your role in the world?
What communities are you part of?
Can you identify members of your spiritual, professional, cultural families in the mosiac?
Do you see the face of God?
How do you make visible the Divine?

We welcome your responses below.

In peace, prayers, contemplation,

Melissa Borgmann-Kiemde
Vis Companion and Blogger

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  1. Dear Melissa,
    THANKS for using the quote of H. Nouwen to write this uplifting blog entry!
    Now that you have a new person in your “community”/family, your mosaic
    is all the more glorious ! I CAN’T WAIT to meet Marguerite !! I hope you’re feeling better, one week into motherhood and away from surgery !
    I love thinking of you as a Mom now ! love and joy , S. Karen

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