Wednesday Wisdom: Henri Nouwen on Fatalism and Faith

I’ve been soaking in these words this week. What do they say to my attitudes in life? In ministry? In relationships? Henri Nouwen is a wise, wise man.

“Fatalism is the attitude that makes us live as passive victims of exterior circumstances beyond our control… The opposite of fatalism is faith. Faith is the deep trust that God’s love is stronger than all the anonymous powers of the world and can transform us from victims of darkness into servants of light… It is important to identify the many ways in which we think, speak, or act with fatalism and, step by step, to convert them into moments of faith. This movement from fatalism to faith is the movement that will remove the cold darkness from our hearts and transform us into people whose trust in the power of love can, indeed, make mountains move.” (Nouwen,ย Here and Now, pp. 105-106)


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