The Personalist Project

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Jules van Schaijik

#1, Oct 31, 2013 12:01pm

Great quote, Kate. I love it.

But I don't get the last line. It seems to stray from the central idea that comes before, about the importance of guarding our deepest secret. Am I missing something?

Kate Whittaker Cousino

#2, Oct 31, 2013 12:06pm

I think that Vanier wanted to make the connection between the individual who is able to keep their 'deepest secret'--that inner life of conscience and spirit--and the ability to give freely of oneself. I read it as similar to the idea that you must fully possess yourself in able to give yourself. 

In that context, "there is nothing stronger than a heart which loves and is freely given" follows from the earlier statements which posit the conditions that foster that freedom to love and give. 

Jules van Schaijik

#3, Nov 1, 2013 2:39am

Ah, I see. The emphasis is on the freedom of the gift.

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