Reminders

, by Willem Kuypers // Jean Vanier English

People with intellectual disabilities are constant reminders of the value of the heart in a society that tends to exalt competence and efficiency and forget love. The cry for community from people with intellectual disability constantly reminds us that we all need community. While it is true that people with disabilities are called to develop and grow towards greater autonomy, they need above all a whole network of friendships and a community that gives them security and a sense of belonging, awakens each one’s gifts, encourages growth, and develops love and a sense of service.

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- Jean Vanier, An Ark for the Poor, p.60