Monday, 18 May 2015

Jean Vanier L'Arche Seeing God in Others



The Catholic hero and role model Jean Vanier (founder of L'Arche) is well known for stating that every time we come into contact with someone with a disability, it is at these moments that we have an experience of God whilst we are on earth. This belief was central to the L'Arch Communities he founded around the world.


Jean Vanier's father was Governer General of Canada. He gained a Ph.D as well as becoming a QC, but ultimately, through his faith, gave it all up to found the L'Arche communities.

In 1964, through Vanier's friendship with a priest named Father Thomas Philippe, he became aware of the plight of thousands of people institutionalised with developmental disabilities. In Trosly-Breuil France he founded the first L'Arche community. He initially believed that he could teach them something about life. He soon discovered that in fact it was the  other way around.

Many Catholics are extremely inspired by Jean Vanier and have striven as a consequence to do more good in their life. Beyond this he seems to have a tangible connection to God.

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