The Terror of Real Community
Community can be a terrible place because it is a place of relationship; it is the revelation of our wounded emotions and of how painful it can be to live with others, especially with ‘some people.’ It is so much easier to live with books and objects, television, or dogs and cats! It is so much easier to live alone and just do things for others, when one feels like it…. While we are alone, we could believe we loved everyone.
Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche communityI read this and just began praying; the Spirit seized my heart I think. What a timely reflection.