Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 6/9/09

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Unity in Community

Is the L’Arche community made up above all of assistants with similar motivations who freely choose to come, or is it above all the people in need who did not have this free choice but were placed? We do not want two communities - the helpers and the helped - we want one. That is the theory, but there is a tendency for the assistants to make their own community. Truly to make community with the poorest is harder and demands a certain death to self.

- Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.91

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