‘Giving Life’

‘People who are old or sick and offer themselves to God can become the most precious members of a community – lightning conductors of grace. There is a mystery in the secret strength of those whose bodies are broken, who seem to do nothing all day, but who remain in the presence of God. Their immobility obliges them to keep their minds and hearts fixed on the essential, on the source of life itself. Their suffering and agony bears fruit; they give life.’–Jean Vanier, Community and Growth, p. 155

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One Response to ‘Giving Life’

  1. Mary B says:

    A great reminder…When I was commiserating about not feeling like I was contributing during chemo, sister Sue emailed:…”how about this Mary…Can you get off your ass and heal?” I had such a laugh, and basically said “Yes, since I realized what you just posted….I can be an example of “keep their [my] minds and hearts fixed on the essential, on the source of life itself.” My challenge as i feel better is to keep the structures in place, such as meditation, vulnerability-, to not let the “essential” slip away in a distraction of doing. mary xoxo

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