Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 4/7/09

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Awareness and a Suggested Direction

Once the situation of workers in the United Kingdom and France was more or less resolved through just hours and pay, then people from other countries were brought in to do the jobs others didn’t want to do. There is always a need of a poorer person.... Our reality is one of division and fear of weakness and death. But somewhere in our hearts there is a desire for peace. The vision of Jesus is that we meet people at the bottom and help bring them up to trust themselves. Jesus came to announce good news to the poor... Let’s help the poor to rise up, and then help those who have money and power to see that for the sake of peace, which is the greatest good human beings can seek, they too should enter this vision and start helping the weak to rise up.

Jean Vanier, "Living Gently in a Violent World," p. 71



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