Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Gathered Wisdon - Jean Vanier

One of goals for this new year is to spend time reflecting on all of the wise and wonderful people in this world, now and in the past. Every few weeks / months I will try to pull together some of my favorite quotes to share with you - I hope that you enjoy them.

Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier is the founder of the international movement of L'Arche communities, where people who have developmental disabilities and the friends who assist them create homes and share life together.

Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-image be transformed
-Becoming Human

Envy comes from people's ignorance of, or lack in, their own gifts.

To listen to someone means to become open and vulnerable to him / her and to allow them to disturb us, to change our habits and our ways of thinking and seeing things.

When children are loved, they live off trust; their bodies and hearts open up to those who respect and love them, who understand and listen to them.
-Becoming Human

The more we become people of action and responsibility in our community, the more we must become people of contemplation. If we do not nurture our deep emotional life in prayer hidden in God, if we do not spend time in silence, we risk becoming embittered....People who are hyperactive, fleeing from their deep selves and their anguish, live on illusions. They quickly become tyrannical, and their exercise of responsibility becomes intolerable, creating nothing but conflict.
-Community and Growth

L'Arche Communities

Jean Vanier's publications

Vulnerability Brings Us Together - Globe and Mail article

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