Jean Vanier, Canadian, Catholic philosopher, humanitarian, theologian and founder of L'Arche (1964), a community which supports people with disabilities, died today. The community is active all over the world with about 150 centres. Vanier had been suffering from cancer and was looked after at a L’Arche facility in Paris.
Jean Vanier was often called “the living saint”. He did not like to hear that. H wanted everyone to believe that we all have the capacity to do wonderful and beautiful things in the world.
He has a wealth of insightful quotes which we can reflect on and pray about.
"The message of the Gospel, he said, is to become men and women of compassion. If you become a man or a woman of compassion, you will be like Jesus".
““We are not called by God to do extraordinary things, but to do ordinary things with extraordinary love.”
“Community is a sign that love is possible in a materialistic world where people so often either ignore or fight each other. It is a sign that we don't need a lot of money to be happy--in fact, the opposite. “
We have lost a great humanitarian today.