November 3, 2014

I would like to thank Glen Argan for the article entitled "Church should cherish hidden life of Nazareth" (WCR, Sept. 22).

As a stay-at-home mom with three young children, I do agree that it can at times feel lonely and unsatisfying leading a "hidden," ordinary life, dedicated to the largely thankless task of raising a family.

I believe that three years of life in a l'Arche community helped to prepare me for this vocation.

Life in l'Arche is often viewed as meaningless in the eyes of a society driven by the thirst to acquire power and material success. But in truth, the simple and genuine relationships lived in l'Arche are life-giving and can even be a source of healing for the people with disabilities and the assistants privileged to live with them.

As the 50th anniversary of l'Arche is celebrated this year, my little family takes note. I realize all over again that in the heart of God, nothing goes unnoticed and uncherished in the hidden places of our lives.

Melanie Bodnar