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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.

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

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

“Loneliness is a Taste of Death. No Wonder Some People Lost Themselves”

To be lonely is to feel unwanted and unloved, and therefor unloveable. Loneliness is a taste of death. No wonder…

Jean Vanier

We Have to Walk with Loneliness Instead of Fleeing It

We have to realize that this wound [of loneliness] is inherent in the human condition and that what we have…

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“Weakness, recognized, accepted, and offered, is at the heart of belonging.”

“Weakness, recognized, accepted, and offered, is at the heart of belonging, so it is at the heart of communion with…

Jean Vanier

“All of us have a secret desire to be seen as saints, heroes, martyrs.”

All of us have a secret desire to be seen as saints, heroes, martyrs. We are afraid to be children,…

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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

“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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“To Love Is to Reveal Them Their Own Uniqueness”

“To reveal someone’s beauty is to reveal their value by giving them time, attention, and tenderness. To love is not…

Jean Vanier

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…

Jean Vanier

“Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy”

“Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs 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…