Choosing the better part

Choosing the better part

Saturday, February 2, 2013

This is my Body

Here is wonderful video called "The Heart has its reasons" about Jean Vanier and the work of L'Arche.   It is very touching and a good preparation for discussing Fr. Cameron's reflection at tonight's Schola Christi meeting.  Enjoy and I hope to see you there.


  1. This is available on Amazon Instant Video where it can be rented or purchased. It's certainly worthwhile to own and reasonably priced.

  2. Additional thoughts for tonight's group

    This is my Body: Towards Communion

    Generally speaking communion is a sense of unity deeper than working together. It is more on the level of being, and somewhere it breaks down the barriers of loneliness and gives people a sense of freedom. It has a very deep respect of difference. It is very close to the things of God. It is frequently deepened in silence and is linked much more to the body. (Jean Vanier)

    It was an occasion when a deep communion could be established; when we would touch his body with gentleness, respect and love. In hot water Eric relaxes; he likes it. Water refreshes and cleanses. He has a feeling of being enveloped in a gentle warmth. Through water and touch of the body there was a deep communion that was created between Eric and myself. It was good to be together. And because Eric was relaxed, it made me feel more relaxed. He has complete trust in the person who gives him a bath. He is completely abandoned. He no longer defends himself. He feels secure because he is respected and loved. The way he welcomed me, the way he trust me, called forth trust in me. Yes, Eric called me forth to greater gentleness and respect for his body and his being. He called forth in me all that is best. His weakness, his littleness, his yearning to be loved touched my heart and awakened in me unsuspected forces of love and tenderness. I gave him life; he also gave me life . . .These moments of communion are the revelation that God has created deep bonds between us. (Jean Vanier)

    There is no doubt that in revealing the fundamental frailty of the human condition, the disable person becomes an expression of the tragedy of pain. In this world of ours that approves of hedonism and is charmed by ephemeral and deceptive beauty, the difficulties of the disabled are often perceived as a shame or a provocation and their problems as burdens to be removed or resolved as quickly as possible. Disabled people are, instead, living icons of the crucified Son. They reveal the mysterious beauty of the One who emptied himself for our sake and made himself obedient unto death They show us, over and above all appearances, that the ultimate foundation of human existence is Jesus Christ. It is said, justifiably so, that disabled people are humanity’s privileged witnesses. They can teach everyone about the love that saves us; they can become heralds of a new world, not longer dominated by force, violence and aggression, but by love solidarity and acceptance, a new world transfigured by the light of Christ, the Son of God who became incarnate, who was crucified and rose for us. (Blessed John Paul II, symposium on the dignity and rights of the mentally disabled person)

    Do we accept the fragility of Jesus? Jesus is knocking at the door of our hearts and if somebody hears and opens the door, then he will come in and eat with them. And eating together in biblical language implies ‘becoming a friend’ so here we have something that is sometimes difficult to talk about even in Christian terms. (Jean Vanier)

    The whole tension in the life of Jesus is his bigness and his littleness. The words around the Eucharist reveal that he wants to give his body to eat, which is impossible. People say, ‘We want a good prophetic leader and here we have someone offering his body to eat’, so they all leave him as of that day. Then there is the incredible revelation that Jesus is a lover and vulnerable . . . (Jean Vanier)