Through the Gospel story of the disciples on the road to Emmaus, Henri Nouwen offers a profound understanding of what he calls “the Eucharistic life.” Like the dejected disciples of the story, we too come together in our brokenness before God, hear the Word and the profession of faith, and recognize Jesus in the breaking of the bread. But then, having received this Eucharistic gift, we are called, like the disciples, to go forth in mission to spread the Good News. From mourning to discernment, from invitation to intimacy, and from community to the charge to go forth and bear witness: With Burning Hearts calls us to experience all of this journey, to know that what we celebrate and what we are called to live are one and the same.
Henri J.M. Nouwen, who died in 1996, was a Dutch priest and the pastor of the L’Arche Daybreak Community in Toronto, Canada. He remains one of the most popular spiritual writers of our time.