Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 3/28/09

// Jean Vanier English



What changes us

I know a man who lives in Paris. His wife has Alzheimer’s. He was an important businessman—his life was filled with busyness. But he said that when his wife fell sick, "I just could not put her in an institution, so I keep her. I feed her. I bathe her." I went to Paris to visit them and this businessman who had been very busy all his life said, "I have changed. I have become more human." I got a letter from him recently. He said that in the middle of the night his wife woke him up. She came out of the fog for a moment, and she said, "Darling, I just want to thank you for all you’re doing for me." Then she fell back into the fog. He said, "I wept and I wept."

Jean Vanier, "Living Gently in a Violent World," p. 66

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