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Book Title: From Brokenness to Community|
The author of the book: Jean Vanier
Edition: Paulist Press
Date of issue: June 1st 1992
ISBN 13: 9780809133413
Format files: PDF
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If you want a short briefing on Jean Vanier and the spirit of L'Arche, the movement he founded in 1964, you couldn't ask for briefer. I didn't know this book was only 52 pages when I bought it, but I'm glad I did. It serves a fine purpose: condensing the wisdom of Vanier's seminal work, "Community and Growth," into two short essays.
The essays were originally a pair of talks at Harvard Divinity School in 1988. I dearly would like to have been a fly on that wall. Vanier comments on the "absurdity" of speaking before a group of intellectually gifted people about his work with folks with developmental disabilities. There may also have been a certain disconnect between Vanier's devout Catholic p.o.v. and the Unitarianish attitudes of the D Schoolers.
But like any man with a mission, he plunged ahead, witnessing to the truth he had discerned in L'Arche: "that Jesus brought the good news to the poor, not to those who serve the poor!"; that we cannot "truly enter into our own inner pain and wounds and open our hearts to others unless we have had an experience of God, unless we have been touched by God"; that "one person, all alone, can never heal another. . . . It is important to bring broken people into a community of love"; that community should never be idealized, that community is a place of pain and conflict; that "at the heart of community, as we learn to care for our brothers and sisters, there is forgiveness"; and that "community is not an end or a final goal in itself. It is the place where we can meet Christ and discover his love for humanity and for every person."
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Read information about the authorJean Vanier was educated in England and Canada, entered the Royal Naval College, Dartmouth, England in 1942. He went to sea in 1945 in the Royal Navy and in 1947 transferred to the Royal Canadian Navy. He resigned from the Royal Canadian Navy in 1950 while serving H.M.C.S. Magnificent. He then went to France to work in a students' community outside of Paris. He studied philosophy and theology and obtained a Doctorate from the Catholic Institute in Paris.
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