Monday, 14 March 2016
" I have told him not to break his head over all that, and that there is only one thing to be done: pray to God, since neither she nor I can help in any other way. But God, to whom it presents no difficulty, will bring us through as soon as He sees that we have suffered enough, and then you will recognize that you owe the successful issue neither to your own capabilities nor to your own intelligence, but to God alone, as I do with my Point d' Alencon. This is a very salutary conviction, as I know from experience.
You know how liable we all are to pride, and I often notice that those who have made their fortune are, for the most part, intolerably self-sufficient. I do not say that either you or I would have come to that, but we should have been more or less soiled with this pride.. Then it is certain that unvarying prosperity draws men away from God. Never does He lead His chosen by that road; they must first pass through the crucible of suffering in order to be purified. You will say that I am preaching, but that is not my intention. I often ponder over these things and I am telling them to you. Call that a sermon now, if you like."
Mme. Martin to her brother, July 1872
Thursday, 10 March 2016
Winners and Losers
There are always winners and losers; that is why we have international football matches, We must prove that we are the best. And, if we are not the best, we are in total depression. We live in a world where people are cut off one from one another and our group must be the best and prove it. So we look down on each other. This is how we can justify the unjustifiable and make it possible to close ourselves totally away from the cry of others and to justify inequalities.
Wednesday, 2 March 2016
Today there are many groups of people. There are clubs, there are political parties. There are many forms and types of issue-oriented groups: against nuclear armament, against racism, against this or that. There is a danger, in issue-oriented groups not based on community, that the enemy is seen as being the one outside of the group. The world gets divided between the “good” and “the bad”. In issue-oriented groups, the enemy is always outside. We must struggle against all those who are outside of our group. All those who are of the other party.
True community is different because of the realization that the evil is inside – not just inside the community, but inside me.
Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community, p.50
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