Winner of the 2015 Templeton Prize and numerous other international and prestigious honours, Jean Vanier lives a radical poverty of surrender in a time of fanatical acquisitiveness, economic disparity and mounting bellicosity among nations. He is a philosopher of the heart, icon of wholeness and justice activist.
Through such key notions as trust, community, relationship and humility, Vanier has built up a network of service and nurturing growth spanning the globe: the L’Arche Movement. He has advocated for peace in a world that treasures its violence, written extensively about the very meaning of human personhood, and championed sensitivity to the diverse spiritual traditions that make up our world.
His remarkable life has included rich friendships with Blessed Mother Teresa, St. John Paul II and Henri Nouwen.
Jean Vanier is a man of complexity and formal philosophical training, a scion of a family of national pedigree, and one of the seminal religious and inspirational figures of our time. In this volume, Michael Higgins focuses on Vanier's many interconnections—personal and conceptual—with the mighty and the humble, the pious and the secular, as well as the young and the seasoned.
Michael W. Higgins is vice-president for Mission and Catholic Identity at Sacred Heart University, past president of St. Jerome's University in Ontario and St. Thomas University in New Brunswick, a columnist, editor, radio documentarist, and television commentator. He is the author and co-author of numerous books, including Thomas Merton: Faithful Visionary (published by Liturgical Press); Power and Peril: The Catholic Church at the Crossroads; Stalking the Holy: In Pursuit of Saint-Making; and Genius Born of Anguish-the Life and Legacy of Henri Nouwen.
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