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Saturday, 18 May 2019

Colleagues List, May19th, 2019

Vol. XIV No. 42


Wayne A. Holst, Editor
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Dear Friends:

We have just returned from our three week tour of
Eastern Europe and Russia and have lots to share!

I hope to start doing so with next week's CL issue.

My letter today is short and focuses on the death
of a friend going back to 1967 when I was studying
in Geneva. Jean Vanier came to visit the Canadian
students at my grad school more than a lifetime ago.

Jean died on May 7th. His funeral has just taken place in

the small French village wherein he began the first L'Arche
in the 1960s.  More than 150 L'Arche communities which
circle the globe are now a witness to his vocation.

We have been friends for 52 years and I invite you
to mourn his loss and celebrate his life with me.

Jean's last book "A Cry is Heard - My Path to Peace"
was introduced to readers of Colleagues List last
November 4th, 2018

Regular issues of Colleagues List will continue next week.




My Current Anglican Journal Column:

"Serving the Common Good"



The Funeral of Jean Vanier
held recently in Trosly-Breuil, France
(north of Paris)

"We Will Continue"
La Croix International,
May 17th, 2019

(you must register to read the article)



Peace is the fruit of love, a love that is also justice.
But to grow in love requires work -- hard work.

And it can bring pain because it implies loss --
loss of the certitudes, comforts, and hurts that

shelter and define us.

- Jean Vanier



It's a frightful thing - thinking you have to get God

right in order to get God to love you, thinking you're
always one error away from damnation.

It's a kind of legalism, really...

How ironic. The very condition of humanity is to be

wrong about God. The moment we figure God out,
God ceases to be God.

Maybe it's time to embrace the mystery and let

ourselves off the hook.

- Rachel Held Evans
  (a young American woman writer who also died recently)




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