The Longing to Be Loved

Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, was awarded the 2015 Templeton Prize. The purpose of this prize is to honor a person “who has made an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether through insight, discovery, or practical works.” Vanier unofficially founded the L’Arche community in 1964. It is a loving community for people with disabilities to live in, along with people to live in solidarity with them and assist in caring for their needs. There are now L’Arche homes throughout the world. This short video is a great reminder of what is at the core of humanity.

We are all longing to be loved. It is written within our hearts. Some won’t admit it, but that desire is ever-present. It will come out in some way.

Most don’t know how immensely they are loved by God. Many don’t even know that God does love them. In fact, the depth of that love isn’t something we will even be able to fathom until we meet our God, face to face, after death.

Remember that you are loved—truly and completely. When you live in the confidence and knowledge that you are loved, it will be more natural to extend that love to everyone you meet. Every day, let us pray and strive to express that love to each and every person we encounter. “Be kinder than necessary; everyone you meet is fighting some sort of battle.”

“But You, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.” Psalm 86:15


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