The Presence of God (written by Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche Communities)

The Presence of God    (written by Jean Vanier, founder of L'Arche Communities)

I am drawn to the communities whose roots are in the poorest neighborhoods, which welcome those who have been deeply wounded, like alcoholics, people just coming out of prison, young people lost in drugs, delinquents or people with mental illnesses. There is not always much joy and fun in these communities, but there is great fidelity and acceptance of woundedness. The faces of the people who work in them are lined with fatigue. But in these communities we feel the presence of God, who is close to the most rejected and wounded people of all.

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