Jean Vanier's influence made its way into my life around the time I graduated college in 1990 and through a book titled, The Power of the Powerless, in which Henri Nouwen had written the forward. Just one of many seeds planted in my heart and life that would begin to blossom on the day this sweet child of mine was born.
It has been a remarkable 18 years and I can say, with Jean Vanier today, "Believe it or not, it has been this life together that has helped me become more human. Those (MH) I have lived with have helped me to recognize and accept my own weaknesses and vulnerability. I no longer have to pretend I am strong or clever or better than others. I am like everybody else, with my fragilities and my gifts...To some, it may sound strange for me to say that it is the weak, and those who have been excluded from society, who have been my teachers. I hope that I can reveal a bit of what I have learned and am still learning about being human, and about helping other to discover our common humanity." Jean Vanier - Becoming Human
What I'm Thinking
“And the world cannot be discovered by a journey of miles, no matter how long, but only by a spiritual journey, a journey of one inch, very arduous and humbling and joyful, by which we arrive at the ground at our own feet, and learn to be at home.”