FROM JEAN VANIER
Short inspirational passages delivered to your email box each day 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.
A community is founded on the trust its members have for each other. This trust is very fragile and very weak. There is a place in all our hearts where doubt lives. People who sow discord have a flair for finding that place and feeding the doubt, which is how they can destroy community. And that is an anti-gift.
When a Man Becomes a Butterfly
To listen is to hear beyond words, beyond what the person says or does not say. It is leaving behind one’s your own preconceived ideas and entering into the sufferings and joys of another person, as if you were standing in their shoes. Listening to a person in their vulnerability also means hearing the call of our common humanity, the need to realize how wounding our ideals and collective behaviour can be to many people, people who can not compete in the race for social, emotional and personal "success" proposed by contemporary society.