We shared the following passage from Jean Vanier’s Becoming Human at our Foundation Board meeting last Wednesday evening. From this reading sprung a wonderful discussion about the gifts we discover in ourselves and in others while living, working and volunteering at L’Arche Greater Vancouver.
Monday has arrived and so we share Jean’s words to motivate you, our friends, today.
“Each human being, however small or weak, has something to bring to humanity. In our beautiful universe, there are suns and stars, as well as the multitude of small animals and plants that are important because of their beauty, their healing qualities, and their capacity to give life. Every part of the body is important and has a role to play in our overall well-being.
“In the same way, each person, big or small, has a role to play in the world. As we start to really get to know others, as we begin to listen to each other’s stories, things begin to change. We no longer judge each other as according to the concepts of power and knowledge, or according to group identity, but according to these personal heart-to-heart encounters. We begin the movement from exclusion to inclusion, from fear to trust, from closedness to openness, from judgement and prejudice to forgiveness and understanding. It is the movement of the heart. We begin to see each other as brothers and sisters in humanity. We are no longer governed by fear, but by the heart.”
Check out this neat introductory video from Jean (8 minutes).