Daily Thoughts from Jean Vanier - 9/3/09

// Jean Vanier English


Spring Lamb

Yvon has an important housekeeping role in the team that welcomes people to the retreat and guest house of L’Arche Trosly. He kindly helped me get oriented when I arrived for a visit last May. He is a capable man who performs his duties with matter-of-fact seriousness.

Yvon has his own laptop. One day during my stay he returned from a day away with a slide show of beautiful photos taken by a friend who had accompanied him to a nearby farm. Before dinner, a group of us enjoyed gathering around his laptop and viewing the photos with him. Yvon had held some of the new lambs, including one that he had watched being born just minutes before the photo was taken. Yvon’s tenderness and delight in the lambs was evident in the photos and in the way he spoke about the lambs. Then, drolly, the caterer served roast lamb for dinner—not a usual occurrence. I took the smallest piece of meat I could find on the platter and watched to see if Yvon would take any, but he did, a normal-sized piece. I saw that besides his other abilities he has the matter-of-fact attitude of a farmer when it comes to livestock.

Beth Porter, L’Arche Canada

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