Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 9/28/09

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Some Must Leave

At what moment must someone whose heart seems to be completely separated from the community, who is sowing disruption, be asked to leave? Only people with responsibility in the community and its longterm members can decide that someone must go. But in doing this, they must recognize their share of guilt. Perhaps they did not dare take the person in hand and set up a dialogue when the first divisions appeared; perhaps they let the situation drag on, hoping naively that everything would sort itself out. But a belated recognition of its mistakes should not inhibit the community from acting firmly. If someone is causing dissention among the members of the community, he or she must be asked to leave.

- Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.126

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