Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 6/26/09

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The Greatest Weakness and the Greatest Strength

In a true community, each of us is able to keep our own deepest secret which must not be handed over to others nor even shared. Each of us should be able to deepen our own personal conscience and mystical life. It is precisely here that the weakness and strength of the community lie. There is weakness because the ways of God for an individual are not always those of the people at the head of the community or what human reason and experience establish. But the strength is in putting people first. There is nothing stronger than a heart which loves and is freely given.
- Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.21

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