Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 2/15/09

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In all truth

When we live day after day with people who are severely handicapped, our own limits and darkness become so obvious. But this experience helped me understand that we cannot grow in love and compassion unless, in all truth, we recognize who we are and accept our own radical poverty. The poor person is not just in others, but also within us. That truth is the basis of all human and spiritual growth and the foundation of our Christian life. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:3). The poor, who reveal our poverty to us, thus become a sacrament.

- Jean Vanier, An Ark for the Poor, p.72

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