Hope and love born through relationships
My first encounter with Jean was through his book Tears of Silence at the impressionable age of 16. His description of the possibilities of hope and love born through relationships left me thirsting to learn more and to experience life in L’Arche for a year in France. Now, 33 years later and having never lived in a L’Arche community in France, the same thirst exists. I am grateful to Jean for being faithful to his call from Jesus and for the authenticity with which he has tried to live that call. His enthusiasm for L’Arche of the future and the shape it could take is inspiring. He is not lost in the past but looking forward to the possibilities. He is a good model for each one of us.
This quote gets used a lot, but I love it, “Can we reasonably have a dream of a world where people, whatever their race, religion, culture, abilities or disabilities, whatever their education or economic situation, whatever their age or gender, can find a place and reveal their gifts?”
Happy 90th Birthday, Jean!