Who are friends at Faith and Light ?
Most of us who are friends at Faith and Light are for the most part young people. Many of us joined a community after having discovered a person with an intellectual disability.
Most of us who are friends at Faith and Light are young people. Many of us joined a community after having discovered a person with an intellectual disability through a gathering. All fear, apprehension of the differences or lack of understanding were disappeared like magic. People with a disability, have that very rare particularity of being natural, and true. When they found a relationship it is immediately on a level of being present, rather on an intellectual level.
What moved us the first time, was that everyone is welcomed and accepted as they really are and not welcomed and accepted for the image that they want to give of themselves or that others have projected upon them. Everywhere now, people have to be intelligent, attractive, strong, and brilliant to be loved. But here the first words are always “What’s your name? I’m Frank! Will you be coming back again ?”
The barriers that we all so carefully erect in order to protect ourselves from the world are broken down. Little by little we discover that we are not there to be of service, to do a good deed but to be a friend in a relationship of truth and affection. Be with the person and not make things for her. By seeing us in this way, parents who are so wounded, change the way they look upon their child : “People other than ourselves can love him!” Many of them find consolation and joy at no longer being alone and their confidence in the future is restored.
Faith and Light is a school that teaches us a new way of living.
How to accept and love yourself truthfully in the way your friend with a disability loves you, change your heart, experience a loyal friendship ? How to discover that Jesus has another face through the smallest of his children ? Yes it is possible!
''Come and see'' ...