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Henri Nouwen: "Everyday should be well lived"

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Henri Nouwen


"How much longer will I live?

Only one thing seems clear to me.

Every day should be well-lived.

What a simple truth!

Still, it is worthy my attention.

Did I offer peace today?

Did I bring a smile to someone's face?

Did I say words of healing?

Did I let go of my anger and resentment?

Did I forgive?

Did I love?

These are the real questions.

I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now

will be many fruits, here in this world and the life to come."


Henri Nouwen. The internationally renowned priest and author, professor and pastor wrote over 40 books on the spiritual life. Nouwen?s books have sold over 2 million copies and been published in over 22 languages.