Thursday, January 10, 2013


Jean Vanier, the founder of L'Arche an international alliance of group homes for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them, says that "community is the place where our limitations, our fears  are revealed to us," the place where we "discover our poverty and our weaknesses."

While this may seem a rather grim view of life in community, what Vanier is saying is that by living closely with others we come to see how needy, vulnerable and broken we are. He points out particularly that those who may have joined a L’Arche community to be helpers come to realize that they too need help, perhaps in a different way but just as much as the so called disabled members of the group.

Living closely with others, we realize that while we have many gifts to share, we also have many gifts to receive from them as well. Living, praying and working closely with our brothers, we come to see clearly that we need each other and most of all that we desperately need God and his mercy. This is in the end very Good News.