The Greatest Pain

Monday 24 November 2008, by Willem Kuypers // Jean Vanier English

For many years now I have had the privilege of living with men and women with disabilities. I have discovered that even though a person may have severe brain damage, that is not the source of his or her greatest pain. The greatest pain is rejection, the feeling that nobody really wants you like that. The feeling that you are seen as ugly, dirty, a burden, of no value. That is the pain I have discovered in the hearts of our people.
- Jean Vanier, From Brokenness to Community, p.13