There’s always one …

There is always someone in the community who betrays your trust or hands you over to something painful or unwanted. As soon as you have community, you have a problem. Someone once said that ‘community is the place where the person you least want to live with always lives.’ That person who annoys you or who needs too much is always in your community somewhere … Community is not some sentimental ideal place or time where everybody lives together, loves each other, and always gets along. That’s never going to happen. Rather, in living together we come to realise that community doesn’t require or offer total emotional harmony. It offers us the context where we try to love one another and receive the love and care of others.

~ Henri Nouwen



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