9 Transforming Lessons
L'Arche has always believed that authentic friendships between persons with disabilities and those without are rich and transformational for everyone. We don't simply "care for" people with disabilities, we enter into beautiful relationships with each other. When speaking about the first two core members, Raphael and Philippe, Jean Vanier explained 9 lessons on being human that he learned from them when he began sharing life with them in the first L'Arche community.
"I have learned much from them [Raphael and Philippe] and feel deeply indebted to them. They have shown me what it is...
To live simply
To love tenderly
To speak in truth
To receive openly
To be humble in weakness
To be confident in difficulties
To accept handicaps and hardships with love.
And, in a mysterious way, in their love they have revealed Jesus to me"
Photo Above : Raphael and Philippe