How can we come to know God when our focus is everywhere, on success, influence, and power? I increasingly believe that our faithfulness will depend on our willingness to go where there is brokenness, loneliness and human need.

If the Church has a future it is a future with the poor in whatever form. Each one of us is very seriously searching to live and grow in this belief, and by friendship we can support each other. I realise that the only way for us to stay well in the midst of the many ‘worlds’ is to stay close to the small, vulnerable child that lives in our hearts and in every other human being.

Often we do not know that the Christ child is within us. When we discover him we can truly rejoice.

Henry Nouwen wrote the above. He was a Dutch theologian, born 1932, he died in 1996.  A brilliant person, he was full of insecurities. His last years were spent as an assistant at a L’Arche community in Toronto in Canada.