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From Brokenness to Community From Brokenness to Community by Jean Vanier
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“To be in communion means to be with someone and to discover that we actually belong together. Communion means accepting people just as they are, with all their limits and inner pain, but also with their gifts and their beauty and their capacity to grow: to see the beauty inside of all the pain. To love someone is not first of all to do things for them, but to reveal to them their beauty and value, to say to them through our attitude: “You are beautiful. You are important. I trust you. You can trust”
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community
“To love someone is to reveal to them their capacities for life, the light that is shining in them.”
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community
“And if the child feels loved, the body is relaxed, the eyes are bright, there is a smile on the face; in some way the flesh becomes “transparent.” A child that is loved is beautiful. But what happens when children feel they are not loved? There is tension, fear, loneliness and terrible anguish, which we can call “inner pain,” the opposite of “inner peace.” Children are too small and weak to be able to fend for themselves; they have no defense mechanisms. If a child feels unloved and unwanted, he or she will develop a broken self-image. I have never heard any of the men or women whom we have welcomed into our community criticize their parents, even though many of them have suffered a great deal from rejection or abandonment in their families. Rather than blaming their parents, they blame themselves. “If I am not loved, it is because I am not lovable, I am no good. I am evil.”
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community
“Growth will come as we come closer to people who are different from us and as we learn to welcome and listen even to those who trigger off our pain.”
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community
“We will only stay in community if we have gone through the passage from choosing community to knowing that we have been chosen for community.”
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community
“In a relationship of communion, you are you and I am I; I have my identity and you have yours. I must be myself and you must be yourself. We are called to grow together, each one becoming more fully himself or herself. Communion, in fact, gives the freedom to grow. It is not possessiveness. It entails a deep listening to others, helping them to become more fully themselves.”
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community
“Community is the place where are revealed all the darkness and anger, jealousies and rivalry hidden in our hearts. Community is a place of pain, because it is a place of loss, a place of conflict, and a place of death. But it is also a place of resurrection.”
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community
“The word “paracleta” means “the one who answers the cry.” It is not possible to receive the Spirit unless we cry out, and unless that cry surges up from the consciousness of our own wound, our pain, and our brokenness.”
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community