22 May 2019
Love is what unites. And love is not the preserve of Christians nor Muslims nor Jews nor able-bodied, nor successful people but our common humanity. It is a universal gift. Everyone has the potential to love another. It is a gift which may be given and received.
If this is the foundation stone of the community then everyone is on an equal footing. There aren’t some who are more successful than others nor some who are less able. There is a community of women and men who simply love each other.
However, it does depend on recognising the gifts which others bring and being humble enough to accept them in a spirit of joy. For love makes people happy with themselves and with others.
‘Many people with disabilities have been so pushed down, they don’t know they’re lovable.’ said Vanier. ‘And then the day that they discover that they are lovable and that they can trust themselves becomes whoopee!’