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Title: Editorial
Journal: Marriage, Families & Spirituality
Volume: 9    Issue: 1   Date: Spring 2003   
Pages: 1-2
DOI: 10.2143/INT.9.1.2004411

Abstract :
Ars longa, vita brevis is a saying that can be fruitfully applied to marriage and family life. What I mean can be illustrated by the following anecdote, from Henri Nouwen’s Clowning in Rome (New York: Doubleday, 1979). The story tells of a little boy who was watching a sculptor hard at work with his hammer and chisel on a large block of marble. He grew tired of the slow work and left the shop. After a while the boy returned to find to his great surprise a large, powerful lion in the place where the marble block had stood. With excitement, he ran to the sculptor, saying, “Sir, tell me, how did you know that there was a lion in that marble?”

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