I listened to this CBC interview (Oct 29) with Jean Vanier and it's stuck in my head. I'm trying to write an essay on the boys in the group home in light of it. Jean Vanier (the founder of L'Arche communities) has such a beautiful way of talking about weakness and how we need the weak amongst us. I've been thinking a lot about that and what that means in my life and how that looks in my work. I don't get a strong sense that many people feel we need these broken, angry, violent, seemingly hopeless boys. There is a strong sense of duty, of doing "what's right", there's lots of pity and of saving tax payers dollars by spending today to save from worse expenditures tomorrow, but need? Not so much. And really, let's be forthright here, I can talk about society's need till I'm blue, but unless I really understand how I need them personally, I'm just another blabber. I don't want to be another blabber.
So I'm thinking today about weakness and how I need it, and how there is a deeper reality where the tables are turned and my group home boys are the blessed with gifts to give me, the poor, and how it seems that maybe this life is all one big "becoming poor".