Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Freedom and community

When you are interiorly free you call others to freedom, whether you know it or not. Freedom attracts wherever it appears. A free man or a free woman creates a space where others feel safe and want to dwell. Our world is so full of conditions, demands, requirements, and obligations that we often wonder what is expected of us. But when we meet a truly free person, there are no expectations, only an invitation to reach into ourselves and discover there our own freedom. Where true inner freedom is, there is God. And where God is, there we want to be.

Henri Nouwen, Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith (Harper Collins, 1997)

2 comments:

Ann said...

I haven't read anything in a long time that spoke to me the way this did. I can't wait to share it with others. Thank you for such a thought-provoking, soul-expanding post

Frank Bellizzi said...

A lot of truth in that.