Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 3/15/09

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Not some Utopia but . . .

Creation is so beautiful - the sun, the moon, the winds, men and women, all are so beautiful when they are looked at with trust and tenderness. So if creation is beautiful, then the conception of children, their births, their growth and even their deaths are beautiful too.

But don’t think I live in some Utopia where everything is beautiful. People can be difficult; they can be nasty; they can be led by evil thoughts and acts; they can kill and rape, and so on. I know about all that. But I also believe that in each person, under all the hardness, the hate, the fear and the anguish, there is a little child waiting for the love he or she never had. Human beings are truly beautiful, but so many do not know that they are beautiful.

- Jean Vanier, "The Globe and Mail," March 7, 2009

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