Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Two Essential Elements

Two Essential Elements

Celebration and forgiveness are the fruits of community life; they also create this life of togetherness and bonding. A community that no longer celebrates and lives forgiveness will tend to break up, each one behind her or her closed door. It will become a bad institution.
Jean Vanier
Letter to My Brothers and
Sisters in L'Arche 
(1996), p. 29
 

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  1. Even in churches, where we should know and love the people in the next pew – all too often we don’t. Dietrich Bonhoeffer describes the loneliness of the crowed pews; “The pious fellowship permits no one to be a sinner. So everybody must conceal his sin from himself and from the fellowship. We dare not be sinners. Many Christians are unthinkably horrified when a real sinner is suddenly discovered among the righteous. So we remain alone with our sin, living in lies and hypocrisy. The fact is that we are sinners!” https://stepsdowntheroad.wordpress.com/2016/04/10/community/

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