29 August 2009

To Share

From Henri Nouwen:

The two most damaging motives in the makeup of [volunteers] seem to be guilt and the desire to save…As long as I go to a poor country because I feel guilty about my wealth, whether financial or mental, I am in for a lot of trouble…Guilt has roots deeper than can be reached through acts of service.  On the other hand, the desire to save people from sin, poverty or from exploitation can be just as harmful because the harder one tries the more one is confronted with one’s own limitations.

Just wanted to share a little from our retreat.