People remember nurses simply because they are heroic.
When Maeve Binchy saw Ann Henricks photographs of Irish nurses at work, she felt compelled to provide the words for this unique book.
These fine images of the men and women who are there to nurse us will help to establish in peoples minds the debt we owe nurses, from the night nurse who always pretends shes making a pot of tea for herself at three a.m. and shares it with a sleepless patient, to the young nurse who rescues yet another old man who says he is a bit confused: Were all confused here Johnny, she says.
Compassionate, intimate and finely observed, these singular photographs of healing hands at work are a tribute to a profession, and a vocation. With the beautiful words of Maeve Binchy alongside them, they illustrate why, always and forever, people remember nurses.
'Even though I often give in to the many fears and warnings of my world, I still believe deeply that our few years on this earth are part of a much longer event that stretches out far beyond the boundaries of our birth and death. I think of it as a mission into time, a mission that is very exhilarating and even exciting, mostly because the One who sent me on the mission is waiting for me to come home and tell the story of what I have learned.' - Henri Nouwen at the time of his death in 1996
Henri Nouwen was one of the most popular spiritual writers in the world. Through more than fifty books he touched countless people with his compelling interpretation of Christian faith and the gospel. In part his impact came from his willingness to draw deeply on his own experience, inviting readers to share his joys, his anguish, and his spiritual journey. That journey led him from his home in Holland to America; from a series of prestigious academic posts to a Trappist monastery, to the poor of Latin America, and finally to Canada, where he found his final home in a L'Arche community devoted to the care of handicapped adults.