Saturday, October 4, 2014

Jean Vanier on love..................................

“The word love has been so abused by publicity and advertisements that we no longer know really what it means.”

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

"To love someone is to show to them their beauty, their worth and their importance.” 

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

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

“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.” 

“Peace is the fruit of love, a love that is also justice. But to grow in love requires work -- hard work. And it can bring pain because it implies loss -- loss of the certitudes, comforts, and hurts that shelter and define us.” 

“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's wiki is here.

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