Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 3/27/09

// Jean Vanier English



Francoise

Francoise came to our community nearly thrity years ago. She walked only a little and couldn’t eat by herself. She had a severe learning disability. She is now about seventy-five, older and weaker. She has become blind...

What touches me is how the assistants wash her and prepare food and feed her. But she can’t see the way they prepare the food and feed her, and I ask myself, "What is the mystery behind this woman of seventy-five who cannot leave her bed and who cries out now and again?" The assistants say, "She is our mama, our little grandmother." They love her with tenderness and gentleness. What is the meaning of this mystery of people with severe disabilities?"

Jean Vanier, "Living Gently in a Violent World," pp. 65-66

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