Our world is a world that has a growing gap between the rich and the poor. We are all caught in a culture of power, of promotion. We are caught in it. But there is danger -- you know the danger; we all know the danger. And the poor rise up in anger. Call it whatever you want to call it. But how can we work to close the gap? We say at L'Arche, "one heart at a time." It's all we can do.
Real peace implies something deeper than polite acceptance of those who are different. It means meeting and creating bonds of friendship with them.
True community is made up of forgiving seventy times seventy-seven.
The purpose of civilization is to help us pretend that things are better than they are.’
The longer we journey on the road to inner healing and wholeness, the more the sense of belonging grows and deepens. The sense is not just one of belonging to others and to a community. It is a sense of belonging to the universe, to the earth, to the air, to the water, to everything that lives, to all humanity.
People are nourished by humility, because humility is truth.
Unity grows from the soil of humility, which is the safeguard against schisms and division. The spirit of evil is powerless against humility.
In a culture of peace, people who are stronger are encouraged to recognize and accept their own weaknesses, and to serve and give support to those who are more vulnerable and to help them discover their own capacities.
It is easier to obey a law than it is to love people.
We cannot grow in love and compassion unless, in all truth, we recognize who we are and accept our own radical poverty.
We become peacemakers when we are no longer struggling for power, to be at the top, but just working to serve each other…We cannot all do big things, but all of us can kneel at each other’s feet and say, “I trust you and believe in you.”
Without roots we can neither discover where we belong, nor can we grow. Without stability we cannot confront the basic questions of life. Without stability we cannot know our true selves. It is only as we put down roots into the earth that we begin to see the fruits. To be earthed is to come alive in a new sense of mission. A new capacity to give life is born, not by myself but in the body of community.
Love doesn’t mean doing extraordinary or heroic things. It means knowing how to do ordinary things with tenderness.
Over-active people, it seems, can be fleeing from their own cry for friendship and love, from their own sensitivity and maybe from inner anguish and agitation.
Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world.
We are a small but important part in our universe. We all have a part to play. We need one another.”
Fear is the root of all exclusion. Trust is the root of all inclusion.
But people are touched by the simplest words - the ones that come with humility, truth and love. There is nothing in intellectually complex sermons to nourish hearts; they come from the head and are sterile.
Peacemaking, it is welcoming those who are culturally, psychologically, intellectually different from us.
When we begin talking about caring for people, then we begin to see how difficult it can be. In community we are called to care for each member of the community. We can choose our friends but we do not choose our brothers and sisters; they are given to us whether in family or in community.