Product DescriptionAt the same time that the Second Vatican Council "released its vision of a Church that would put society's weakest and most marginalized members at its heart", Jean Vanier founded L'Arche, a community where persons with learning difficulties would be "welcomed to a life of freedom and dignity". Today that community has grown into many communities which are thriving as are those who live in them. Signs, authored by Vanier, talks in the introduction about the community, how it was organized and why it was needed. The book then offers his seven paths of transformation at the heart of the philosophy of the L'Arche communities and suggests that these paths are needed in the world today if we to "rediscover that vision of a society that grows outward from the poor and disadvantaged", a philosophy often voiced by Pope Francis.
The words representing the seven paths are from humiliation to humility, normalization to the awakening conscience, exclusion to encounter, power to authority, isolation to community, strength to vulnerability and secret to mystery. He feels that he and others who have experienced living with and assisting those with severe learning difficulties have been transformed and Signs tells how these transformations occurred for them and how they are needed in the world today.
Signs Jean Vanier Paperback 94PGS