With love and gratitude
A very Happy 90th Birthday to you! I celebrate with so many around the world in the gift that you are to our world!
May I tell you one story of how you touched my life? About a year or so after I came to Daybreak, I came to Trosly for the first time. And I was able to meet you and talk for about 10 minutes. I don’t remember what we talked about!
I do remember that as I was getting up to leave, you gave me a kind of blessing. You told me to go and become holy and become the beloved one. I was a bit in awe of you, so I just said, “Thank you, very much” and I left and went back to my room.
But I found myself very touched by your blessing and I thought, what does it really mean? How do I become holy? How do I become the beloved one? Aren’t those gifts that are given to us by the Spirit of God? How then do I open myself to receive those gifts?
So, I wrote you a note and asked you those questions! And you wrote back the most beautiful letter, a poem really, that has been a continuing source of inspiration, hope and joy to me over the years.
I know that I am one among thousands… but I want to say how deeply grateful to God I am for you. I am so thankful for your fidelity to your call to follow Jesus, which has given the world the gift of L’Arche.
With love and gratitude,