Brother, Sister let me serve you,
Let me be as Christ to you.
Pray that I might have the grace,
To let you be my servant too.
Marian Shehwaro, mother of Syrian blogger
Marcell Shehwaro, killed June 18 2012
“When you hold a lunch or a
dinner, do not invite your
friends or your brothers or
your relatives or your wealthy
neighbors, in case they may
invite you back and you have
Rather, when you hold a
banquet, invite the poor, the
crippled, the lame, the blind;
blessed indeed will you be
because of their inability to
repay you. For you will be
repaid at the resurrection of
the righteous.” (Lk 14.12-14)
We are pilgrims on a journey,
We are family on the way.
We are here to help each other,
Love and listen every day
L'Arche is deeply concerned with
the distress of people who suffer
injustice and rejection because they
have learning disabilities. This
concern should impel the
Communities of L'Arche to do all
they can to defend the rights of
people with learning disabilities, to
support the creation of places of
welcome for them, and to call on our
society to become more just and
respectful towards them.
The Communities of L'Arche want
to be in solidarity with the poor of
the world, and with all those who
take part in the struggle for justice.
I will hold the Christ-light for you,
in the night-time of your fear.
I will hold my hand out to you,
speak the peace you long to hear.
Jean Vanier in Bethlehem: April 2012
Dear Friends, I am in a small monastery of the
Greek Catholic rite here in Bethlehem, where
there are just 7 contemplative sisters, two of
whom used to be at L’Arche. The wall which
separates Palestine and Israel crosses through
the monastery garden; it is the wall of fear, the
wall of hate, a symbol of all the walls which
surround our own hearts.
L’Arche, here as elsewhere, wants to be a sign
of unity and of peace with people of different
religions. The peace and unity wells up from
the joyful presence of those who are the
weakest in our societies,. who draw
us together and call us to appreciate and love
I will weep when you are weeping,
when you laugh I'll laugh with you.
I will share your joy and sorrow,
till we've seen this journey through
Welcome to our time together,
Welcome to this sacred space.
As we look towards each other,
May we see God’s loving face.
God, you call us into
You invite us to give
You are with us in
calm and troubled
Be our hope
As we continue this
Thank you for your interest in Share a Meal.
Will you invite some friends to Share a Meal with
you for L’Arche Australia?