July 20, 2011
Julian Meditations

July, 2011

In the Fullness of Time

by Henri Nouwen

SOME PEOPLE SAY, "I am just an ordinary person, not a mystic." But all of us can receive the grace of seeing God in the fullness of time. This mystical experience is not reserved for a few exceptional people. God wants to offer this gift in one way or another to all God's children.

But we must desire it. We must be attentive and interiorly alert.

For some people the experience of the fullness of time does come in a spectacular way, as it did to Saint Paul when he fell to the ground on his way to Damascus. But for many of us it comes like a murmuring sound or a gentle breeze touching our backs. God loves us all and wants us all to know this in a most personal way.

From Bread for the Journey: A Daybook of Wisdom and Faith, by Henri Nouwen (New York: HarperOne) 1996.