CAREGIVING is a deeply ingrained human response to suffering. We want to ease pain, to restore calm and peace to those in need. But caregiving takes a toll. . . . It is hard to listen to others when the pains and troubles of our own lives are clamoring for attention.
But if we learn to listen to our own needs and wants, that listening can free us to learn to become truly present to the inner deep and fragile beauty of those under our care. Then even the most mundane and repetitive caregiving tasks can become a means for us to grow.
– Henri Nouwen
A Spirituality of Caregiving
From pages 26-27 of A Spirituality of Caregiving by Henri J. M. Nouwen, edited by John S. Mogabgab. Copyright © 2011 by The Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust. All rights reserved. Used by permission. http://bookstore.upperroom.org/ Learn more about or purchase this book.
Is there something you can do to aid a caregiver today? Share your thoughts.
Light dawns for the righteous, and joy for the upright in heart.
Psalm 92:11, NRSV
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This week we remember:
John of Avila. (May 10).
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