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The Return of the Prodigal Son is a story from the Bible, that appears in the Gospel of St. Luke[3]. It tells the story of a son who asks his father for his inheritance and leaves the parental home, only to fritter away all his wealth. He eventually returns home, where his father welcomes him with open arms and celebrates his return[6]. The story has inspired many works of art, including Rembrandt's painting "The Return of the Prodigal Son," which is part of the collection of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg[2]. Henri Nouwen's book "The Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming" is an in-depth examination of the parable of the prodigal son[1][4][5]. Nouwen was inspired by Rembrandt's painting and describes his own spiritual journey infused with an understanding based on an encounter with it[4][5].

[1] https://www.amazon.com/Return-Prodigal-Son-Story-Homecoming/dp/0385473079
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Return_of_the_Prodigal_Son_(Rembrandt)
[3] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Parable_of_the_Prodigal_Son
[4] https://henrinouwen.org/read/the-return-of-the-prodigal-son/
[5] https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/7235.Returning
[6] https://artsandculture.google.com/asset/return-of-the-prodigal-son-rembrandt-harmensz-van-rijn/5QFIEhic3owZ-A?hl=en

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