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Background Information
Jean Vanier's effect on Canada
Contributions-Global Affairs

These are some of the quotes of Jean Vanier...

“To listen to someone means to become open and vulnerable to him/her and to allow them to disturb us, to change our habits and our ways of thinking and seeing things.”  

"The cry for love and communion and for recognition that rises from the hearts of people in need reveals the fountain of love in us and our capacity to give life."   

"The mission of a community is to give life to others, that is to say, to transmit new hope and new meaning to them. Mission is revealing to others their fundamental beauty, value and importance in the universe, their capacity to love, to grow and to do beautiful things and to meet God. Mission is transmitting to people a new inner freedom and hope; it is unlocking the doors of their being so that new energies can flow; it is taking away from their shoulders the terrible yoke of guilt and fear. To give life to people is to reveal to them that they are loved just as they are by God, with the mixture of good and evil, light and darkness that is in them; that the stone in front of their tomb in which all the dirt of their lives has been hidden can be rolled away. They are forgiven; they can live in freedom. "       

" Envy comes from people's ignorance of, or lack of belief in, their own gifts."

"L'Arche does not attempt to change the world, but simply to do little things with love"



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