Jean Vanier

Jean Vanier is a remarkable person. He is the founder of L’Arche (“the Ark”), communities where the intellectually disabled live and are valued. He came from a privileged background, but chose to devote his life to helping those he says are “among the most persecuted people on earth”. It’s easy for most people to agree that the disabled have as much value as anyone else, but Mr. Vanier put that belief into practice in the 1960’s when he bought a small house in France and brought a couple of disabled men to live with him and become a family. Now there are 131 such homes around the world.

I mention Mr. Vanier because he is an example of someone whose career (or calling, if you like) has sprung from his faith, and his belief that all humans have value. So many people I know are working at jobs that are out of synche with their beliefs and values, or they have not even thought about what they believe and are simply doing what everyone else is doing. Some really don’t know what else to do. I can relate. Mr. Vanier, on the other hand, seems to be wholly at peace.

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~ by standupmimi on February 25, 2009.

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