Nouwen Quote

21 09 2009

“The illusion of power must be unmasked, idolatry must be undone, oppression and exploitation must be… confronted.  We cannot suffer with the poor when we are unwilling to confront those persons and systems that cause poverty.  We cannot set the captives free when we do not want to confront those who carry the keys.  We cannot profess our solidarity with those who are oppressed when we are unwilling to confront the oppressor.  Compassion without confrontation fades quickly into fruitless sentimental commiseration.”

– Henri Nouwen, Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life, 124.

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