Weekly Inspirational L’Arche Stories - 3/11/09

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Not So Successful

Today some people idealize people with disabilities when they find autonomy, live alone, look at television and drink beer. Autonomy can be good to a certain extent, but in our community a number of people who wanted to live alone fell into loneliness and alcoholism. The problem was not that they lived alone but that they lacked a network of friends. It always comes back to belonging.

Jean Vanier in "Living Gently in a Violent World," p. 37

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