Thursday, May 21, 2009

Vanier on Ideal and Real Community

I've just started perusing Jean Vanier's classic, Community and Growth. Like Bonhoeffer, Vanier is concerned that we do not love our ideal of community more than the community of which we a part. I think his words are especially pertinent in our culture of rampant consumerism...

Too many people come into community to find something, to belong to a dynamic group, to discover a life which approaches the ideal. If we come into community without knowing that the reason we come is to learn to forgive and be forgiven seven times seventy-seven times, we will soon be disappointed.

Community and Growth, 37.

1 comment:

Carrie Allen said...

Wow. I needed to hear that.