Weekly Inspirational L’Arche Stories - 4/15/09

// Jean Vanier English



What People Need

There is something intolerable about pain and suffering when we cannot cure the person. No one wants to be with people in pain, unless they can do something to alleviate the pain...When all is said and done, in L’Arche there are no cures. What people need when all the therapy has been tried is a friend who is faithful, who stands by them, a loving milieu where they are respected as full human beings.... "

- Jean Vanier
Letter to My Brothers and Sisters in L’Arche
(1996) Introduction p. 11

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