"What does it mean, here and now, to live a life in the spirit of Jesus Christ?" asks Henri Nouwen. Through deeply personal reflections on Christian spirituality, he suggests that the answer lies in a pattern of conversion from hostility to hospitality, from illusion to prayer, and from loneliness to solitude.
There is a need, he maintains, to confront weakness, not bypass it, if one hopes to experience conversion and life in the spirit of Jesus. He reminds us that prayer and the journey to God must be the central inspiration of any genuine Christian community. The most important thing a community offers is the awareness that we are not seeking God alone.