Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 4/4/09

// Jean Vanier English



What I could do

Recently a father asked me to go and see his wife. She was forty years old and eight months pregnant. She was in tears and a bit hysterical—this was her first baby and she knew that the child had a disability. I saw immediately that I couldn’t say a word to her. There are times when you must not say nice words. What I could do was send her to visit another mother who’d had a child a year previously with similar disablities to the child she was going to have. The two women got together and wept.

Jean Vanier, "Living Gently in a Violent World," p. 68

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