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Quotes by "Jean Vanier"

Jean Vanier (1928-), is a Canadian Catholic philosopher, theologian, and humanitarian. In 1964 he founded L'Arche, an international federation of communities spread over 37 countries, for people with developmental disabilities and those who assist them. Subsequently, in 1971, he co-founded Faith and Light with Marie-Hélène Mathieu, which also works for people with developmental disabilities, their families, and friends in over 80 countries. He continues to live as a member of the original L'Arche community in Trosly-Breuil, France.

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The cry of the poor is threatening to the rich person within us

The cry for love and communion and for recognition that rises from the hearts of people in need reveals the…

Jean Vanier

To find the true meaning of marriage or community we have to accept our wound.

Even the most beautiful community can never heal the wound of loneliness that we carry. It is only when we…

Jean Vanier

We Are Prepared to Give Money and Time, but We Are Frightened to Give our Hearts

We are sometimes prepared to give money and a little time, but we are frightened to give our hearts, to…

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“To be in communion means to be with someone and to discover that we belong together”

“To be in communion means to be with someone and to discover that we actually belong together. Communion means accepting…

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Why am I so Afraid to Give Myself to others?

Deep in our hearts there is a call to live in communion with others, a call to love, to create,…

Jean Vanier

“Human friendships can very quickly become a club of mediocrities”

Human friendships can very quickly become a club of mediocrities, enclosed in mutual flattery and approval, preventing people from seeing…

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Mentally Handicapped Love More Directly and Lively than Other Men

You see what I am driving at. The mentally handicapped do not have a consciousness of power. Because of this…

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“Love is what we want, yet it is what we fear the most.”

Each person with his or her history of being accepted or rejected, with his or her past history of inner…

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“Happiness Comes When We Choose to Be Who We Are”

“[Happiness] comes when we choose to be who we are, to be ourselves, at this present moment in our lives.”

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“Every act of violence is also a message that needs to be understood. “

“I believe every act of violence is also a message that needs to be understood. Violence should not be answered…

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A Community that Is Rich and Seeks to Defend Its Goods is Dying

“A community that is growing rich and seeks only to defend its goods and its reputation is dying. It has…

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Three Elements that Every Growing Community Has to Have

“A growing community must integrate three elements: a life of silent prayer, a life of service and above all of…