Jean Vanier

This is patience–to accept reality as it is; to accept ourselves with all our poverty, our weaknesses and our wounds.

There are a lot of people who weep when it rains and then find the sun too hot when it comes out. In winter they long for summer, in summer for autumn. Small people pretend to be big, and old people dress themselves up to look young. We always want to appear other than we are, instead of discovering the beauty of youth and of age as they come.

We should learn to rejoice in the gift that is today. Even if we fall sick, we should rejoice; for there’s no point in fighting it, and it’s a good time for quiet reading and prayer. We should relax in sickness and relax in health, accepting both as gifts from the Spirit.”


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