The Prodigal

Henri Nouwen was a Catholic priest who spent a retreat studying Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal. Through the experience, he probed the meaning of the parable through the eye of the artist and went on a spiritual journey that helped him to realize that the characters in the story represent stages in spiritual formation.

Click on the following link which is a high resolution copy of Rembrandt’s Return of the Prodigal.  Study the picture as Henri Nouwen did.  Where do you see yourself?

http://www.wikipaintings.org/en/rembrandt/the-return-of-the-prodigal-son-1669 (Links to an external site).

With the picture still up on your screen, read this pdf, which is a meditation on Nouwen’s book.

https://sofie.org/files/pages/attachments/ProdigalTEXT-KH.pdf (Links to an external site)

Finally, watch this interesting take on the story of the prodigal.  Write down your first impressions.

http://www.theworkofthepeople.com/prodigal-daughter (Links to an external site).