October 21, 2020

Not Just Believing in God, but Believing in the Humanity of People

My reading this week could not be more bipolar. Not only am I reading about Steve Jobs and corporate leadership in America, I am also reading Becoming Human by Jean Vanier, founder of L’Arche, which has communities around the world where people live with and among the developmentally disabled.

In preparation for more discussion in days to come, here is a short 2006 PBS feature on Vanier, his life and work.


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  1. “Little places where love is possible,” John Vanier.

    Generosity–>an encounter–>friendship–>commitment and what better place to show it than with ‘the least of these’.

    This seriously brought tears to my eyes. I look forward to the future postings and discussion. Until then, I’m buying his book. Thank you, God, for people like Monsieur Vanier. And, thanks, CM, for introducing him and his work. :0)

  2. I first heard of L’Arche when reading Henri Nouwen’s “In The Name of Jesus”. Incredible work by a man whose entire life was changed by this great ministry. I look forward to reading Vanier!

  3. I’m at a loss for words… wish my tears could speak… Thank-You for posting this, made my heart melt. God knows I needed this.