Posted by: Daniel Comstock | August 13, 2006

Hiddenness, a Place of Intimacy By Henri Nouwen

Hiddenness is an essential quality of the spiritual life.
Solitude, silence, quiet, ordinary tasks, being with people
without great agendas, sleeping, eating, working, playing —
all of that without being different from others, that is the
life that Jesus lived and the life he asks us to live.  It
is in hiddenness that we, like Jesus, can increase “in
wisdom, in stature, and in favour with God and with people”
(Luke 2:51).  It is in hiddenness that we can find a true
intimacy with God and a true love for people.

Even during his active ministry, Jesus continued to return
to hidden places to be with God alone.  If we don’t have a
hidden life with God, our public life for God cannot bear



  1. I think maybe we’re twins. 🙄

  2. An excellent post 🙂 The Sufis would agree, though they would call it Silence.

    Peace and Blessings!

  3. hey we might be helen idk but yeah and thank you irving plz come back

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