Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 4/1/09

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The Condition for Entering into Relationship with People Who are Broken

But as we live with people who have been crushed, as we begin to welcome the stranger, we will gradually discover the stranger inside of us. When we welcome the broken outside, they call us to discover the broken inside. We cannot really enter into relationship with people who are broken unless somehow we deal with our own brokenness. I am not saying we have to go through psychotherapy. But what are we hiding? Or what are we hiding behind? We must discern our natural inner protectiveness and compulsive attitudes. Somewhere we are hiding our weaknesses.

Jean Vanier, "Living Gently in a Violent World," pp. 67-68



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