Saturday, November 24, 2018

Openness and Closedness

It is not easy to strike a balance between closedness, having a clear identity that fosters growth in certain values and spirituality, and openness to those who do not live with the same values. Isn’t this the challenge of all religions and of all Christian churches? Being too open can dilute quality of that life and stunt growth to maturity and wisdom; being too closed can stifle. It requires the wisdom, maturity, and inner freedom of community members to help the community find the harmony that not only preserves and deepens life and a real sense of belonging but also gives and receives life. Then the community has truly become an environment for becoming human, helping all to openness, freedom, and to commitment to the common good.
                                                                    -Jean Vanier, Becoming Human

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