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Lights on the Journey: Mary Anne and Deborah

Deborah and Mary Anne

Deborah and Mary Anne

“Come and see.” These words sum up my time at L’Arche so far, especially as I think how this community has brought me light in my journey.

This year Mary Anne has taught me the importance of prayer and how to see prayer as sacred. This fall, Mary Anne unexpectedly joined our Bible Study group. As a few assistants shared with each other, Mary Anne also offered her insights: “This is great” and “I’m really happy now.”

Mary Anne’s genuine faith is a refreshing reminder that the Bible still has personal significance. Her faith has proved to be wiser than many of the people I met while in seminary.

Advent is a time of searching. Each one of us is searching for something – acceptance, purpose, or direction for studies and work. The people with disabilities at L’Arche are a key resource – patient teachers who provide sound wisdom as we wrestle with personal questions.

Each day, my friends at Brookwood House help me to refine who I am as a person and where I need to grow and mature. Mary Anne and others call us all into deep communion with them, they call us to “come and see.”

~ Deborah Ferber and Mary Anne Larcina. Deborah and Mary Anne live together at Brookwood House. A recent graduate from seminary, Deborah wrote this short reflection about what she is learning in her relationship with Mary Anne for the second week of Advent.

Advent at L’Arche Daybreak 2013: Light for the Journey
While Advent is a Christian tradition it has also become a community tradition at Daybreak for people of all faiths as well as for people with no particular faith tradition. For us, it is a time of reflection, story-telling, and ritual.