I grew up in the “Garden District” in Mobile, Al. The memories I have from back then are as varied and numerous as the many amazing characters that walked the streets of S. Georgia Ave. Azalea Bushes, Sycamore Trees and sidewalks. Boats canoeing on flooded streets. When I learned to ride a bike, I carried that street in my knees for weeks.
I love Mobile and I loved growing up there. I am especially grateful for the time I had on S. Ga. Ave.
One of the many blessings that color the memories of my youth is that of Marty O’Malley and all the many people that lived at L’Arche.
For those of you unfamiliar with L’Arche, I took the following from their website -
We are people, with and without developmental disabilities, sharing life in communities belonging to an International Federation. Mutual relationships and trust in God are at the heart of our journey together. We celebrate the unique value of every person and recognize our need of one another.
OUR MISSION IS TO:
- Make known the gifts of people with developmental disabilities, revealed through mutually transforming relationships;
- Foster an environment in community that responds to the changing needs of our members, while being faithful to the core values of our founding story; and
- Engage in our diverse cultures, working together toward a more human society.
To me, L’Arche was a beautiful picture of what love looks like – and the joy that grows out of communities committed to live that love.
This Sunday, August 17th, 2014, L’Arche Mobile will celebrate 40 years. To celebrate we are going to have a concert at the Temple, downtown Mobile. Doors open at 2. Music starts at 3. The impact this community has had on its residents, and those fortunate enough experience it, is enormous. Please come support and help us celebrate 40 years of L’Arche in Mobile, Al.