"People who are weak and vulnerable can also awaken in us what is most dark and ugly. Their cry, their provocations, their constant demands, and their depression can unmask our own anguish and violence. But isn't it true that in order to grow in our humanity, we need to recognize the violence and the power of hatred within our own heart, all that we consider shameful and try to hide? In L'Arche, we are gradually learning how to manage these fears and energies in a positive way and how to free ourselves from the powers of destruction within us."
- Jean Vanier (The Scandal of Service: Jesus Washes our Feet, page 2-3)