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Pushed Into Faithfulness

Community is the place that pinches me and limits my individuality. It pushes me much farther than I want to go in my idealism towards loving others, giving myself in a life of service, and trying to change the world. Being faithful in a body of friends drags me into the experience of their poverty, selfishness, brokenness and darkness, and it forces me into the truth of my own limitations, vulnerabilities, and hardness of heart.

- Sue Mosteller, A Place to Hold My Shaky Heart: Reflections from Life in Community
(Crossroad, 1998). This is a book about the experience of living with severely disabled individuals in one of the L'Arche communities.