Can You Drink the Cup?

Narrated by: Dan Anderson O.F.M.
Length: 2 hrs and 5 mins
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Publisher's Summary

Nouwen uses the cup as a metaphor to articulate the basic postures of the spiritual life: holding, lifting and drinking. The cup is a powerful image in our human experience. We use cups in our celebrations of a variety of events. Nouwen reminds us that we also use the cup as a symbolic vessel—for sorrow, joy, blessings, salvation.

“Drinking our cup to the bottom is seen as the expression of the full freedom of the sons and daughters of God,” Nouwen writes. His goal is to make the question Jesus posed to James and John pierce our hearts so that a personal answer can emerge from it. The way we answer Jesus’ question, “Can you drink the cup…?” has the power to radically change our lives.

©1996 Ave Maria Press, Inc. (P)2006 St. Anthony Messenger Press

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I love listening to Henri's words... Even though it is not his voice, his writing style is so conversational, it is like sitting a room with him talking just to you.

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Can we drink this cup

Would you listen to Can You Drink the Cup? again? Why?

Yes. Because it is good to listen to it.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Can You Drink the Cup??

Can you empty the cup to the drags, to the bottom, with all its sorrows and pain

What does Dan Anderson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Clarity about the Eucharist and Christian calling

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes.

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  • JT
  • 02-08-20

the narration was very good and easy to follow.

A dated book (1996) given some liturgical updates from Pope Benedict since but always eternal in content and life giving for the human journey. A great read.

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Lovely reflection

A beautifully crafted and moving reflection on what it means to struggle to serve the Lord in a dark and confusing world.

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Great for Lent

I've read/ listen to this book about 5x now. Still a favorite especially at Lent. A great book to read annually. Also perfect for a first time Nouwen reader.

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  • Mrs. Alison Cross
  • 06-04-20

This book makes you want to try

Thoughtful and inspirational this books reflections on what it is to live life fully might challenge where you are and give you new insights of where you want to be

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-20-20

This book is very life giving for me.

Drinking our cup is not simply adapting ourselves to a bad situation and trying to use it as well as we can. Drinking our cup is a hopeful, courageous, and self-confident way of living. It is standing in the world with head erect, solidly rooted in the knowledge of who we are, facing the reality that surrounds us and responding to it from our hearts.