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Tiny Stars of Love: Little Lights of Hope

stars.jpgI love this meditation that I read the other morning by Jean Vanier, the founder of l’Arche, an international network of communities for the mentally disabled.

I believe that the forces of life and the desires for communion are greater than the forces of death and hatred. At some moment in each of our lives there is an event that calls us to freedom and openness. At that point of epiphany we want to get out of the hole of depression and anger. We realize that we are imprisoned in ourselves or in our group, finding it difficult to relate to others.


A few years ago, Fred, a man in prison, wrote to me. He told me that he had committed a serious crime and had gone to jail. One day he became violent with other inmates and ended up in solitary confinement. Aware that he had lost everything–his family, his work, his mobility, as well as his dignity and self-respect–he wanted to die. But suddenly there rose up in him what he called “tiny stars of love,” an urge to find himself and to rediscover love. It was a moment of grace.

For many of us, it is only when we touch rock bottom, when all seems lost, that this tiny light of hope begins to shine. We become aware not only of all the darkness in ourselves, but also of the light of hope. At that moment an ascension begins.


To open up to others implies not only an awareness of our fears, darkness, and brokenness, but also the presence of a light, a love, and an energy that will give the desire to move forwards to openness and not let ourselves be controlled by the darkness.

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  • Christopher

    What a fantastic blog article today :)

  • Jacqueline

    This was a wonderful meditation for today. I think I’ll print it out and keep it in my diary.. Truly profund. And the more you read it, and read it slowly — the more you understand the deeper reality.

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  • Megan Zuniga

    Thank you for another truly beautiful post. I read in a bookmark once. The darker the sky, the brighter the stars. My theory is the reason we only see the tiny spark of hope when we hit rock bottom is because that’s the darkest time of our life. And in the dark, that’s the only way we could clearly see the spark of hope.
    PS…Sharing another uplifting article about overcoming the challenges in life.

  • Anna Marie

    A beautiful thought. A prayer that I love goes
    Fill my heart with Love,
    that my every teardrop may become a star.
    — Hazrat Inayat Khan
    I like to visualize my tears as stars when I am in a weepy phase. Thinking of stars as symbolizing hope makes the poem even richer.

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