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James Fraser of L'Arche Inverness, Scotland didn’t live to see the Commitment and Belonging process. That is our loss, as his contribution would surely have been original and poetic. That was James: a real flare for turning his daily life into poetry. “What joy I have in my heart, no-one knows"; “making cakes and washing dishes is love.” But his story still has much to teach us. (...)
How do these questions touch me? Well, I recently realised in a new way, that, while roles may come and go, my primary commitments remain: to God and to the world, to life, family and friends; that the main way given to me to live out that primary commitment is L'Arche; and that I am grateful both for that and for the great variety of people, who come for a longer or shorter time to L'Arche, to express their commitment to a better world, and a renewal of life itself. For we somehow share a gift of belonging together, as brothers and sisters in community. Even en route to realising what this means, it is already a gift worth celebrating – both at home today and in Atlanta next June. As James discovered, life is really about beautifying this world of ours, by releasing the poetry, the unique work of art, hidden in each human being. It’s a project worth living for, well worth giving one’s life to achieve, both within and beyond L'Arche.
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