As Asia and Julia embark on their journey to L’Arche Bologna, I wanted to reflect on an idea that Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, speaks about often in his writing. ‘The first call’ is a moment when people start the journey towards wholeness, of becoming more in touch with one’s own being by being with others. He goes on by saying, “The call [to community] is an invitation: come with me. It is an invitation not primarily to generosity, but to meeting in love. Then the person meets others who are called and they live together in community.” Julia and Asia have been brave enough to step into this first call with curiosity, excitement and openness. I look forward to hearing all they encounter in Bologna, with and among others, who are also so called to meet together, in community and in love.
Good luck, safe travels and many blessings on your way Julia and Asia!!
Quote from Jean Vanier’s “Community and Growth,” p. 71 (revised edition).