Daily Thoughts

Short inspirational passages delivered to your email box that will help give balance, perspective and spiritual depth to your day. Drawn largely from Vanier’s best selling books, including Becoming Human, Finding Peace, Community and Growth and Made for Happiness.

Hiding from Pain

Some people come to community seeking consolation from the pain of feeling unloved by responding to whatever demands are made of them. Unconsciously there is a thought pattern: 'If I satisfy your need then you, or the community, or God will be grateful, will appreciate my existence, will love me.' Ultimately this can never bring true fulfillment or true growth. It is important that we are attentive to this response, so easily disguised by generosity and goodness. We must help each person to live more and more clearly and deeply from an inner confidence of being loved by God just as they are.

Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p.132

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