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Jean Vanier

Datum narození: 10. září 1928

Jean Vanier je kanadský katolický teolog, humanitář a zakladatel komunit L'Arche , ve kterých bydlí ve společném domově lidé s mentálním postižením spolu s asistenty. Je také zakladatelem hnutí Víra a Světlo. V roce 2015 se stal laureátem Templetonovy ceny.

„Mluví se o nich jako o hlupácích a idiotech. Ve skutečnosti jsou Božími posly. Díky nim se stáváme lidštější.“

„To be lonely is to feel unwanted and unloved, and therefor unloveable. Loneliness is a taste of death. No wonder some people who are desperately lonely lose themselves in mental illness or violence to forget the inner pain.“ Becoming Human

„I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.“ Community And Growth

„We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.“

„Many people are good at talking about what they are doing, but in fact do little. Others do a lot but don't talk about it; they are the ones who make a community live.“ Community And Growth

„One of the marvelous things about community is that it enables us to welcome and help people in a way we couldn't as individuals. When we pool our strength and share the work and responsibility, we can welcome many people, even those in deep distress, and perhaps help them find self-confidence and inner healing.“ Community And Growth

„Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don't need a lot of money to be happy--in fact, the opposite.“ Community And Growth

„Every child, every person needs to know that they are a source of joy; every child, every person, needs to be celebrated. Only when all of our weaknesses are accepted as part of our humanity can our negative, broken self-images be transformed.“ Becoming Human

„Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.“ Community And Growth

„To love someone is to show to them their beauty, their worth and their importance.“

„A community is only being created when its members accept that they are not going to achieve great things, that they are not going to be heroes, but simply live each day with new hope, like children, in wonderment as the sun rises and in thanksgiving as it sets. Community is only being created when they have recognized that the greatness of man is to accept his insignificance, his human condition and his earth, and to thank God for having put in a finite body the seeds of eternity which are visible in small and daily gestures of love and forgiveness. The beauty of man is in this fidelity to the wonder of each day.“ Community And Growth

„If we are to grow in love, the prisons of our egoism must be unlocked. This implies suffering, constant effort and repeated choices.“ Community And Growth

„When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them.“ Finding Peace

„When people love each other, they are content with very little. When we have light and joy in our hearts, we don't need material wealth. The most loving communities are often the poorest. If our own life is luxurious and wasteful, we can't approach poor people. If we love people, we want to identify with them and share with them.“ Community And Growth

„Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness“

„Jesus is the starving, the parched, the prisoner, the stranger, the naked, the sick, the dying. Jesus is the oppressed, the poor. To live with Jesus is to live with the poor. To live with the poor is to live with Jesus.“ Community And Growth

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