Henri Nouwen (1932-1996) is considered one of the greatest spiritual masters of the modern age. Born, educated and ordained in Holland, he came to America as a professor of pastoral theology. Invited by Jean Vanier to join his mission to help the handicapped, Nouwen left academia behind to become pastor of L'Arche Daybreak, a home for the disabled in Toronto. There, among God's wounded, he found a home and his greatest happiness. A heart attack cut short his rich life as writer, lecturer and priest.
Nouwen drew standing room only audiences, who flocked to hear his message that we are God's beloved children, that God is the One of unconditional love who loves us now, with no strings attached. His many books are arrows pointing towards this love, reminding Christians of the timeless message that Christ came into the world not to blame but to love.