A community becomes truly and radiantly one when all its members have a sense of urgency in their mission. There are too many people in the world who have no hope. There are too many cries which go unheard. There are too many people dying in loneliness. Its when the members of a community realize that they are not there simply for themselves or their own satisfaction, but to welcome the gift of God, to hasten his kingdom and to quench the thirst in parched hearts through their prayer and sacrifice, love and acts of service, that they will truly live in community. A community is called to be a light in a world of darkness, a spring of fresh water in the church and for all people. If a community becomes lukewarm, people will die of thirst. If it bears no fruit, the poor will die of hunger.

– Jean Vanier in Community and Growth