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Jean Vanier Quotes: "Love doesn't mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness."

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




Jean Vanier Quotes: "Each person is sacred, no matter what his or her culture, religion, handicap, or fragility. Each person is created in God’s image; each one has a heart, a capacity to love and to be loved."

Each person is sacred, no matter what his or her culture, religion, handicap, or fragility. Each person is created in God’s image; each one has a heart, a capacity to love and to be loved.




Jean Vanier Quotes: "Community is not an ideal; it is people. It is you and I. In community we are called to love people just as they are with their wounds and their gifts, not as we want them to be."

Community is not an ideal; it is people. It is you and I. In community we are called to love people just as they are with their wounds and their gifts, not as we want them to be.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness"

Growth begins when we start to accept our own weakness




Jean Vanier Quotes: "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."

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.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes."

I am struck by how sharing our weakness and difficulties is more nourishing to others than sharing our qualities and successes.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Those we most often exclude from the normal life of society, people with disabilities, have profound lessons to teach us"

Those we most often exclude from the normal life of society, people with disabilities, have profound lessons to teach us




Jean Vanier Quotes: "Prayer is like a secret garden made up of silence and rest and inwardness. But there are a thousand and one doors into this garden and we all have to find our own."

Prayer is like a secret garden made up of silence and rest and inwardness. But there are a thousand and one doors into this garden and we all have to find our own.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Love is to recognize that the other person is a person, is precious, is important and has value."

Love is to recognize that the other person is a person, is precious, is important and has value.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "A community which refuses to welcome - whether through fear, weariness, insecurity, a desire to cling to comfort, or just because it is fed up with visitors - is dying spiritually."

A community which refuses to welcome - whether through fear, weariness, insecurity, a desire to cling to comfort, or just because it is fed up with visitors - is dying spiritually.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Life is a succession of crises and moments when we have to rediscover who we are and what we really want."

Life is a succession of crises and moments when we have to rediscover who we are and what we really want.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Love is an act of endless forgiveness."

Love is an act of endless forgiveness.




Jean Vanier Quotes: "When we love and respect people, revealing to them their value, they can begin to come out from behind the walls that protect them."

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



Jean Vanier Quotes: "A community is only a community when the majority of its members are making the transition from 'the community for myself' to 'myself for the community'."

A community is only a community when the majority of its members are making the transition from 'the community for myself' to 'myself for the community'.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "It is only when we stand up, with all our failings and sufferings, and try to support others rather than withdraw into ourselves, that we can fully live the life of community."

It is only when we stand up, with all our failings and sufferings, and try to support others rather than withdraw into ourselves, that we can fully live the life of community.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "[Happiness] comes when we choose to be who we are, to be ourselves, at this present moment in our lives."

[Happiness] comes when we choose to be who we are, to be ourselves, at this present moment in our lives.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "We cannot grow spiritually if we ignore our humanness, just as we cannot become fully human if we ignore our spirituality."

We cannot grow spiritually if we ignore our humanness, just as we cannot become fully human if we ignore our spirituality.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. Its attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of brothers."

A Christian community should do as Jesus did: propose and not impose. Its attraction must lie in the radiance cast by the love of brothers.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "All of us have a secret desire to be seen as saints, heroes, martyrs. We are afraid to be children, to be ourselves."

All of us have a secret desire to be seen as saints, heroes, martyrs. We are afraid to be children, to be ourselves.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration."

When we begin to believe that there is greater joy in working with and for others, rather than just for ourselves, then our society will truly become a place of celebration.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Wisdom is something that comes, little by little, through a lot of listening."

Wisdom is something that comes, little by little, through a lot of listening.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Community means caring: caring for people. Dietrich Bonhoeffer says: "He who loves community destroys community; he who loves the brethren builds community." A community is not an abstract ideal."

Community means caring: caring for people. Dietrich Bonhoeffer says: "He who loves community destroys community; he who loves the brethren builds community." A community is not an abstract ideal.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Our danger is to think that happiness will come from outside of us, from the things we possess or the power of our group, and not from within us, from the inner sanctuary of our being."

Our danger is to think that happiness will come from outside of us, from the things we possess or the power of our group, and not from within us, from the inner sanctuary of our being.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Avoid the poison in your life that brings you turmoil."

Avoid the poison in your life that brings you turmoil.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "So many in our world today are suffering from isolation, war and oppression. So much money is spent on the construction of armaments. Many, many young people are in despair because of the danger."

So many in our world today are suffering from isolation, war and oppression. So much money is spent on the construction of armaments. Many, many young people are in despair because of the danger.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "People are longing to rediscover true community. We have had enough of loneliness, independence and competition."

People are longing to rediscover true community. We have had enough of loneliness, independence and competition.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "If we are to grow in love, the prisons of our egoism must be unlocked. This implies suffering, constant effort and repeated choices."

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



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

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



Jean Vanier Quotes: "People may come to our communities because they want to serve the poor; they will only stay once they have discovered that they themselves are poor."

People may come to our communities because they want to serve the poor; they will only stay once they have discovered that they themselves are poor.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Every human activity can be put at the service of the divine and of love. We should all exercise our gift to build community."

Every human activity can be put at the service of the divine and of love. We should all exercise our gift to build community.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Community begins in mystery and ends in administration. Leaders move away from people and into paper."

Community begins in mystery and ends in administration. Leaders move away from people and into paper.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "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."

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.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Every act of violence is also a message that needs to be understood. (23-24)"

Every act of violence is also a message that needs to be understood. (23-24)



Jean Vanier Quotes: "There is nothing stronger than a heart which loves and is freely given."

There is nothing stronger than a heart which loves and is freely given.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "I have discovered the value of psychology and psychiatry, that their teachings can undo knots in us and permit life to flow again and aid us in becoming more truly human."

I have discovered the value of psychology and psychiatry, that their teachings can undo knots in us and permit life to flow again and aid us in becoming more truly human.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "People cannot accept their own evil if they do not at the same time feel loved, respected and trusted."

People cannot accept their own evil if they do not at the same time feel loved, respected and trusted.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "In any case, community is not about perfect people. It is about people who are bonded to each other, each of whom is a mixture of good and bad, darkness and light, love and hate."

In any case, community is not about perfect people. It is about people who are bonded to each other, each of whom is a mixture of good and bad, darkness and light, love and hate.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "The friend of time doesn't spend all day saying: 'I haven't got time.' He doesn't fight with time. He accepts it and cherishes it."

The friend of time doesn't spend all day saying: 'I haven't got time.' He doesn't fight with time. He accepts it and cherishes it.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "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."

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.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "When we judge, we are pushing people away; we are creating a wall, a barrier. When we forgive we are destroying barriers, we come closer to others."

When we judge, we are pushing people away; we are creating a wall, a barrier. When we forgive we are destroying barriers, we come closer to others.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Put on light-coloured clothes and some perfume, take care of your body and do everything you can to fight against the forces of darkness. It is not an easy struggle, but it is worthwhile."

Put on light-coloured clothes and some perfume, take care of your body and do everything you can to fight against the forces of darkness. It is not an easy struggle, but it is worthwhile.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Power always has a direction. It is always downward, towards the weak but power is often confused with what is right"

Power always has a direction. It is always downward, towards the weak but power is often confused with what is right



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Every human being is a mixture of light and darkness, trust and fear, love and hate."

Every human being is a mixture of light and darkness, trust and fear, love and hate.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "At the heart of the celebration, there are the poor. If [they] are excluded, it is not longer a celebration. [...] A celebration must always be a festival of the poor."

At the heart of the celebration, there are the poor. If [they] are excluded, it is not longer a celebration. [...] A celebration must always be a festival of the poor.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "We work for peace every time we exercise authority with wisdom and authentic love."

We work for peace every time we exercise authority with wisdom and authentic love.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "He who is or has been deeply hurt has a RIGHT to be sure he is LOVED."

He who is or has been deeply hurt has a RIGHT to be sure he is LOVED.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "Look at your own poverty welcome it cherish it don't be afraid share your death because thus you will share your love and your life"

Look at your own poverty welcome it cherish it don't be afraid share your death because thus you will share your love and your life



Jean Vanier Quotes: "When children are loved, they live off trust; their bides and hearts open up to those who respect and love them, who understand and listen to them."

When children are loved, they live off trust; their bides and hearts open up to those who respect and love them, who understand and listen to them.



Jean Vanier Quotes: "To invite others to live with us is a sign that we aren't afraid, that we have a treasure of truth and of peace to share."

To invite others to live with us is a sign that we aren't afraid, that we have a treasure of truth and of peace to share.