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Clowning in Rome: Reflections on Solitude, Celibacy, Prayer and Contemplation Paperback – 19 Mar 2001

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  • Paperback: 128 pages
  • Publisher: Darton,Longman & Todd Ltd; New edition edition (19 Mar. 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0232524130
  • ISBN-13: 978-0232524130
  • Package Dimensions: 21.2 x 13.6 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,172,847 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Clowning in Rome: Reflections on Solitude, Celibacy, Prayer, and Contemplation collects four lectures given by the Catholic priest Henri Nouwen at the North American College in Rome in the 1970s. The lectures, which explore each of the topics named in the book's subtitle, are direct, pragmatic and delightful. Nouwen's views on these weighty subjects are suffused with a lightness inspired by the clowns whose street performances captured his imagination during his visit to the Holy City. He describes these clowns as "awkward, out of balance and left-handed"; as reminders of human weakness whose fumblings offer important lessons about the holiness of play. "[W]henever the clowns appear we are reminded that what really counts is something other than the spectacular and the sensational", Nouwen writes. "Clowns remind us of what happens between the scenes. The clowns show us by their 'useless' behavior not simply that many of our preoccupations, worries, tensions, and anxieties need a smile, but that we too have white on our faces and that we too are called to clown a little". --Michael Joseph Gross --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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"Acknowledged as one of the world's great spiritual writers, the renowned Catholic theologian left behind a wealth of insights that have brought encouragement and ministered to thousands."--"Christianity Today"

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