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Inner Life

Welcome to Inner Life. Through this monthly newsletter, sent out by email and which you can find here, we want to open up a conversation with you, and with all those seeking inspiration and spiritual nourishment. Each month we ask a different contributor to answer one or other of these questions:

  • “What nourishes your inner life?”
  • “Can you tell us about an encounter that has transformed you?”

This newsletter will evolve in link with the feedback we get, so don’t hesitate to react, to respond to us, to share with us what has touched you, what has jarred with you, and perhaps what has chimed with you.

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Back to simplicity

Back to simplicity

January 2023 – To celebrate two years of Inner Life (yes, already!), Olivier Debray, the president of L’Arche Belgium, takes us back to a little simplicity : this is how he nourishes his inner life, after all!

Triumph at the back of the pack

Triumph at the back of the pack

November 2022 – When he had to run a 23 km trail, Christian Petiteau, community leader of L’Arche Le Sénévé in France, made a poor performance on a sport’s level, but an amazing travel “in the landscapes of our humanity”

Like swallows on the wing

Like swallows on the wing

October 2022 – Deputy Leader for the region of Hauts-de-France / Normandie within L’Arche in France, Elisabeth Laurent remembers an encounter that transformed her : the one she made when she met Claudine Didou, in the 90s, at L’Arche Les Sapins.

On the track of the Snow Panther

On the track of the Snow Panther

September 2022 – A great friend of La Ferme, an Irishman, a catholic priest, Phil Kearney contributes here with a reflexion he wrote after seeing a beautiful documentary called ‘The Snow Panther’. It is the story of an encounter, a special one indeed.

The story of a caramel square

The story of a caramel square

July 2022 – A great friend of La Ferme, member of our board of directors, Curt Armstrong is american. Curt recalls an encounter that changed him, one that took place more than 40 years ago. There’s also a caramel square involved.

A Christmas Conversation

A Christmas Conversation

June 2022 – A computer scientist and a filmmaker, Fabio Bertagnin is also a consecrated layman and a member of the Focolare Movement.
Fabio remembers here about a conversation he once had, on a Christmas evening, with a Muslim friend.

A late afternoon prayer

A late afternoon prayer

May 2022 – Australian, former deputy leader of L’Arche International, Eileen Glass recalls a time of prayer shared with Sue, during a late afternoon of 1977 : this is a moment that changed everything for Eileen.

Untameable

Untameable

March 2022 – A long-time member of L’Arche and Lebanese, Hoda Aouad-Sharkey has to deal with an inner life which is a wild, untameable animal…

The Best Time of Day

The Best Time of Day

February 2022 – An American from the West Coast, a father of three children, one of whom is differently abled, an entrepreneur and a member of the board of L’Arche USA, Brian Berg gets up early, very early, to nourish his inner life.

Salman

Salman

January 2022 – Patrick Fontaine, who used to be the international leader of L’Arche, recalls the day when, in 2006, Salman’s cry shook him to the core.