Thursday, March 12, 2015

Jean Vanier, Living Saint, Wins $2.1 Million Prize for Work With Disabilities

He is one of my favourite people alive (and I don't have that many, believe me).

I know that suburban Jewish mothers do not get to vote on Catholic saints (bummer, right?!?!), but I am telling you: SAINT. 

I love this man. 

"Relationships with disabled people are genuine because they are people with no position of power or hidden agenda."


"A former navy officer who resigned his commission in 1950 and and looked for an outlet for his Catholic faith and desire to help others, Mr. Vanier was drawn to the plight of institutionalized people."

"In 1964, he invited two mentally disabled men to live with him in the village of Trosly Breuil, north of Paris, in a house they called L’Arche, after Noah’s Ark."

"More than 50 years later, L’Arche has more than 100 communities worldwide."

"Since then, Mr. Vanier said in his statement, the world has changed in some ways for the better, so that slavery and apartheid are no longer acceptable notions and disabled people are no longer seen as lesser humans who need to be concealed."

"But in other ways, the world remains a hard place."