Nouwen, The Genesee Diary 1985, p 38

Some things are unexplainable. I guess the contemplative life is one of these things. Father Marcellus read a story about Beethoven during dinner. When Beethoven had played a new sonata for a friend, the friend asked him after the last note, “What does it mean?” Beethoven returned to the piano, played the whole sonata again and said, “That is what it means.” This type of response seems the only possible response to the question, “What does the contemplative life mean?”

Henri Nouwen, The Genesee Diary


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