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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.


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This page presents the quote "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.". Author of this quote is Jean Vanier. This quote is about welcome, community, fear, insecurity, desire, weariness, visitors, fed up, comfort,.