Henri Nouwen found a remarkable spiritual guide in a severely disabled young man named Adam.
Excerpts from Adam: God's Beloved:
"In our society plagued by fear, anxiety, loneliness, depression and a sense of being lost, we keep looking for guides. We so much hope that someonea guru, spiritual director or soul friendcan help us make sense out of our confusion and can show us a way to inner wholeness, freedom and peace."
"I recognized that Adam's way, the way of radical vulnerability, was also the way of Jesus."
"Adam clearly challenged us [the L'Arche Daybreak community] to trust that compassion, not competition, is the way to fulfill our human vocation. This challenge forced us to reexamine all the basic assumptions of our individual and action-oriented lives."
"I am a witness to Adam's truth. I know that I couldn't have told Adam's story if I hadn't first known Jesus' story. Jesus' story gave me eyes to see and ears to hear the story of Adam's life and death."
HENRI J.M. NOUWEN is one of the most prolific and popular spiritual writers of our time. He wrote more than 40 books and taught at Notre Dame, as well as at Yale and Harvard. For the 10 years before his death in 1996, he was part of the L’Arche Daybreak community in Toronto, sharing life with people with developmental disabilities. For more information about Nouwen, visit www.HenriNouwen.org.