Weekly Inspirational L’Arche Stories - 9/23/09

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Communities in Danger

The time when a community feels it may die is not the time to change externals, like the rules or identifiers. If it does this, there is nothing left to hold people together. This is the time for inner renewal, for a renewed trust in personal relationships; it is a time to stay close to the poor and those in distress. When the inner life is strong and when love is truly the guiding spirit, then we can reduce the externals but not before.

- Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.118

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