-- Fr. Henri Nouwen, internationally renowned priest, college professor and author, who wrote 40 books on the spiritual life, including one of my favorites, The Return of The Prodigal Son; A Story of Homecoming, and taught at the University of Notre Dame and the Divinity Schools of Yale and Harvard.
The Dutch-born clergyman and scholar was heavily influenced by hospital chaplain and educator Anton Boisen, Trappist monk and author Thomas Merton, Dutch impressionist artist Vincent van Gough and philosopher, theologian and humanitarian Jean Vanier.
During the 70's, Nouwen lived and worked with the Trappist monks in the Abbey of the Genessee in New York. In the early 80's, he lived with the poor in Peru and Bolivia. He went on to work with mental and physically handicapped people in France and Canada before his death in 1996.
His books have sold over 7 million copies and have been published in over 30 languages. Since his death, his popularity has increased among readers, teachers and seekers...