For the handicapped person who has felt abandoned, there is only one reality that will bring him back to life: an authentic, tender and faithful relationship. He must discover that he is loved and important to someone. Only then will he discover that he is worthwhile; only then will his confusion turn into peace. And to love is not to do something for someone; it is to be with him. It is to rejoice in his presence; it is to give him confidence in the value of his being.
■ Jean Vanier