Encountering Silence
Silence and the Wisdom of Henri Nouwen: A Conversation With Gabrielle Earnshaw (Part 2)
October 15, 2019
The conclusion of our conversation continues with historian/archivist Gabrielle Earnshaw.
Our conversation continues with historian Gabrielle Earnshaw — the founding archivist of the Henri Nouwen Archives in Toronto, Canada. She has been the adviser to the Henri Nouwen Legacy Trust for eighteen years and is consulted throughout the world on Nouwen and his literary legacy. This is part two of a two-part interview. Part one was released last week. She is the editor of several of Nouwen’s posthumously published books, including Love, Henri (a collection of Nouwen’s letters), You Are the Beloved (a collection of daily meditations), and the newly published  Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety, based on lectures Nouwen gave at Harvard University in the 1980s. Gabrielle Earnshaw In our conversation, Earnshaw shares not only her insights into the spiritual and literary legacy of Henri Nouwen, but also her own journey into the spirituality of silence — and how curating Nouwen’s archives helped her along the way. Henri Nouwen spoke about silence in every book; it’s not like he had one book on silence — it’s in every book… it was really important to him… one of the most important themes in his writing. — Gabrielle Earnshaw Some of the resources and authors we mention in this episode: Henri Nouwen, Love, Henri: Letters on the Spiritual Life Henri Nouwen, You Are the Beloved: Daily Meditations for Spiritaul Living  Henri Nouwen, Following Jesus: Finding Our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety Henri Nouwen, The Way of the Heart: Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom and Silence Henri Nouwen, Encounters with Merton: Spiritual Reflections Henri Nouwen, The Genesee Diary: Report from a Trappist Monastery Henri Nouwen, Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming Henri Nouwen, The Wounded Healer: Ministry in Contemporary Society Henri Nouwen, The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey John Main, Word Into Silence: A Manual for Christian Meditation Laurence Freeman, Web of Silence: Letters to Meditators Jean Vanier, Tears of Silence: A Meditation Sue Mosteller, Light Through the Crack: Life After Loss Sue Mosteller, A Place to Hold my Shaky Heart: Reflections from Life in Community Sue Mosteller, My Brother, my Sister Thomas Merton, Conjectures of a Guilty Bystander Desert Wisdom: Sayings from the Desert Fathers (introduction by Henri Nouwen) Ronald Rolheiser, The Holy Longing: The Search for a Christian Spirituality  Thomas Keating, Intimacy with God: An Introduction to Centering Prayer This is part two of a two-part interview. Part one was released last week. Episode 76: Silence and the Wisdom of Henri Nouwen: A Conversation with Gabrielle Earnshaw (Part Two) Hosted by: Kevin Johnson With: Carl McColman, Cassidy Hall Date Recorded: September 6, 2019 Featured Image: Henri Nouwen at his New Haven apartment circa 1981. Photo courtesy of Jim Forest via Flickr Commons.