Henri J. M. Nouwen was a Catholic priest who taught at several theological institutes and universities in his home country of the Netherlands and in the United States. He shared the final years of his life with people with mental disabilities at the L'Arche-Daybreak Community in Toronto Canada. He wrote many books on the spiritual life, including "Reaching Out "and "The Inner Voice of Love." Robert Durback was a Trappist monk for over thirteen years, making his novitate at Gethsemeni Abbey and final vows at Mepkin Abbey in South Carolina. During a visit to Genesee Abbey in 1974 he met and became friends with Henri Nouwen. Encouraged and guided by Nouwen, Durback has sought in his writing to integrate the wisdom of the monastic tradition within contemporary daily life. He lives in Fairview Park, Ohio.