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A Letter from the Executive Director for Easter
“Daddy, you know… you know … we don’t have to hold hands at school any more.”
My five year old proudly announced this when I was chatting with him the other day, “The little kids, they do, to keep safe, but we don’t have to do it anymore. We can walk by ourselves!” I smiled and gave him a little hug. He is growing, becoming more confident, and learning independence. This is as it should be.
What my son does not yet know is that there are multitudes of people in our society who cannot “walk” by themselves. They need others to reach out to them with a helping hand, with love and support, compassion and understanding.
And at a deeper level we know that each one of us needs to “hold hands”.
At Easter, we are invited to grasp God’s hand extended to us and together to journey forward to contribute to a more loving and welcoming world.
Jean Vanier is a great spiritual and social leader who speaks for all people who are marginalized in our world today – those with an intellectual disability, and also prisoners, refugees, the elderly, the homeless, and those who live in other isolating situations. He gives voice to their suffering and their beauty, to their loneliness and their need to belong. That is why he began L’Arche.
L’Arche exists specifically to liberate people who have an intellectual disability from the suffering that comes from isolation, exclusion, and judgement.
But the vision of Jean Vanier and L’Arche also speaks to each one of us. Deep down, we each know that we are a part of a common humanity and that we all need to “hold hands” with others.
At the end of the day we are all in the same boat. Each of us is on a spiritual journey to be the best that we can be.
I am glad that my son is learning to walk by himself. But my deepest hope and dream for him is that he will learn to walk in freedom with others as he grows up. My dream for him is that his life will be defined by the quality of care, compassion and friendship that he gives to and receives from others, especially those who are most vulnerable.
The Easter story is a remembrance of God’s liberating love. L’Arche is a very concrete way that this love continues to blaze in our world.
Would you consider renewing or strengthening your support of L’Arche? We live in uncertain economic times but I invite you to give generously in service of the people and mission of L’Arche.
Could you see L’Arche as one expression of your desire and commitment to walk with others? Thank you for “holding hands” with the people of L’Arche. It matters!
May you continue to experience God’s remarkable love throughout the Easter season and as you journey forward.
In gratitude for your trust and support;