Monday’s Motivator

Most of us need a little motivation to get going on Mondays and so we’ll be posting thoughts that might propel us in the right direction at the beginning of the week. Today’s motivational moment comes from Jean Vanier,  the founder of L’Arche.  His words on peace are particularly meaningful as we approach Christmas and pray for peace.  

Communities as a Sign of Peace

Today, as never before, we need communities of welcome; communities that are a sign of peace in a world of war. There is no point in praying for peace in the Middle East, for example, if we are not peace-makers in our own community; if we are not forgiving those in our community who have hurt us or with whom we find it difficult to live. Young people, as well those who are older, are sensitive to this vision of peace. It must continually be announced so that hearts and minds are nourished. 

–          Jean Vanier, Community and Growth p. 177 

Since this is Christmas week, we leave you with the message of the angels “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men on whom his favor rests”.  Luke 2:14 

L'Arche Founder Jean Vanier with Gwenda of L'Arche Greater Vancouver during one of Jean's visits to Vancouver.


About L'Arche Greater Vancouver

L'Arche Greater Vancouver is a charitable organization that provides residential care and day programs for adults with developmental disabilities. We are located in Burnaby, BC Canada.
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