In a culture that prizes "ability," we have learned to hide and push aside our inabilities. Grounded in his community life with persons with and without intellectual disabilities, Luca Badetti, PhD, (Community Life Director for L'Arche Chicago) shares revealing stories and insights that invite us to know and befriend both our abilities and inabilities, so that we can become more complete and connected human beings.
Two weeks ago, with a little bit of confetti and a whole lot of rain, we gathered to celebrate and mark the beginning of construction on our 4th home in Oak Park. Surrounded by family, friends and new neighbors, we huddled under a tent, as it poured down rain, singing “It’s you, it’s me, it’s us, it’s God, it’s love, that builds community.”
I first met Laurence in 2009 when I was working part-time as a support worker at L’Arche. He and his family hosted us for a Christmas dinner in their home. Still being new to Chicago, it was one of the first homes I’d been invited to. I couldn’t have been more warmly welcomed by Laurence, even though I was a new, occasional face in L’Arche.