Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 4/26/09

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Community is a Place to Grow

A community is a place where each person is loved and cared for and feels at home. To be loved and cared for does not mean just to be looked after; it means to be respected, called forth, challenged, and encouraged to grow both humanly and in the Spirit of God.... There can be a danger in all forms of community to see the community as mother and father, with the attitude of ’the community will look after me.’ A real community is all of us together. There is no mom and dad up there telling us what to do....

- Jean Vanier
Letter to My Brothers and Sisters in L’Arche
(1996) Introduction p. 28

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