Community With Terrorists?

The community knows that the fundamental questions of life can only be looked at in a spirit of peace and inner freedom. Nobody can force anyone else to love and to walk to freedom. Militants for a cause will tend to be organized for a struggle which they hope to win; they will seek to impose their way aggressively. Frequently they seek outward change more than inward change.

. . . As long as there are fears and prejudices in the human heart, there will be war and bitter injustice. It is only when hearts are healed, and become loving and open, that the great political problems will be solved. . . . As fears and prejudices diminish, and trust in God and others grows, the community can radiate and witness to a style and quality of life which will bring a solution to the troubles of our world.

The response to war is to live like brothers and sisters. The response to injustice is to share. The response to despair is a limitless trust and hope. The response to prejudice and hatred is forgiveness. To work for community is to work for humanity. To work for peace in community, through acceptance of others as they are, and through constant forgiveness, is to work for peace in the world and for true political solutions; it is to work for the Kingdom of God.

–  Jean Vanier in Community And Growth


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  1. Glen,
    Thank you so much. I also saw this movie and it left me with such sorrow. This quote is lovely. Sometimes it all feels so out of control and so big. Somehow, we must remember that, as Christ said from the cross, “it is finished.” May the Lord help me, in the community that I touch each day, to do as Jean recommends in his last paragraph. Share. Trust, hope, forgive, accept…