Posted by: Daniel Comstock | August 14, 2006

Hiddenness, a Place of Purification By Henri Nouwen

One of the reasons that hiddenness is such an important
aspect of the spiritual life is that it keeps us focused on
God.  In hiddenness we do not receive human  acclamation,
admiration, support, or encouragement.  In hiddenness we
have to go to God with our sorrows and joys and trust that
God will give us what we most need.

In our society we are inclined to avoid hiddenness.  We want
to be seen and acknowledged.  We want to be useful to others
and influence the course of events.  But as we become
visible and popular, we quickly grow dependent on people and
their responses and easily lose touch with God, the true
source of our being.   Hiddenness is the place of
purification.  In hiddenness we find our true selves.

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