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From Brokenness to Community (Harold M. Wit Lectures) [Paperback]

By Jean Vanier (Author)
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The text in this book originated as two lectures given by Jean Vanier at Harvard University in 1988. He speaks eloquently of the lessons he has learned from the disabled adults he serves at his community in France and at other houses. He speaks of his own healing and his own need for people. He speaks of the power of belinging and how it satisfies the deepest needs in people.

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The lectures in this volume witness the importance of the meeting between the university of the learned and the university of the poor. From them a deep understanding of true discipleship emerges.

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Studio: Paulist Press
Pages   52
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 4.75" Height: 7"
Weight:   0.1 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   May 1, 1992
Publisher   Paulist Press
Series  Harold M Wit Lecture  
ISBN  0809133415  
ISBN13  9780809133413  

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Jean Vanier is the founder of L'Arche, an international network of communities for people with developmental disabilities. He lives in Trosly-Breuil, France. Jonathan Boulet-Groulx lives in Montreal.

Jean Vanier currently resides in Trosly-Breuil. Jean Vanier was born in 1928.

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Vanier's Insight  Oct 13, 2007
After nearly 20 years, Vanier's words still ring true. His insights are at the heart of the gospel. One of his more powerful observations is that Jesus came to bring good news to the poor, not those who serve the poor. We all need to attend the "university of the poor" to learn of our own brokenness and so enter into community.

This book takes only couple of hours to read, but will take years of living to digest.
This deceptively brief yet measurelessly profound collection of talks given by the late, great Jean Vanier as part of the Harvard Divinity School's Wit Lecture series, after invitation by the great Catholic theologian Father Henri Nouwen, has been happily presented by the fine and faithful Catholic publishing house Paulist Press, from Mahwah, New Jersey, first printed fifteen years ago. Time now to read and pray with this book as we seek reconciliation and community with one another, in repentance and forgiveness, as Our Holy Father exhorts us, compelled by the mystery of the Eucharist, in his recent Sacramentum Caritatis: el Sacramento de la Caridad: una Exhortacion Apostolica Postsinodal

Father Henri Nouwen, renowned and prolific author of such spiritual classics as Compassion: A Reflection on the Christian Life, Spiritual Journals: The Genesee Diary, Gracias!, the Road to Daybreak and Clowning in Rome Reflections on Solitude, Celibacy, Prayer, and Contemplation, as well as so many others, gladly writes the inroduction to this book, putting clearly and concisely the spiritual and social significance of this work. Ronald F. Thieman, Professor at Harvard Divinity, then delivers an historical and theological presentation of the two lectures, which were given in Cambridge Massachusetts in November of 1988, the twenty fifth anniversary of the Kennedy killing.

Although now nearly twenty years have passed since the delivery of these lectures, we need them now more than ever, as our broken world breaks more and our hearts turn against our brothers and our sisters and our neighbors, as we forget the commandments of Our professed Lord Jesus Christ to Love our Enemies and to do good to those who harm us, to love one another as He has loved us.

This book, though brief draws us to fulfill the climactic and closing words of Our Holy Father's Apostolic Exhortation Sacramentum Caritatis mentioned above as, compelled by our participation in the Holy Eucharist, we are compelled in all humility to seek reconciliation and forgiveness with one another, and a more just and peaceful world.

The great Jean Vanier therefore illustrates this path from Brokenness to Community, which is the Kingdom of Heaven, in his usual direct and compassionate manner, full of examples from his worldwide communities of the broken, the disabled, the rejected and the hurt, finding made real one with the other God's Love for once and for all in their long, lonely lives. I wish an audiobook of these lectures were available, even though we have now lost forever in this world the great and prophetic voice of Jean Vanier, not only as mine own eyes grow dim, but for that Word to suffuse me and to inspire me and to carry me towards the humility of reconciliation and compassion, the seeking of forgiveness and of God's Love.

Please, you will not be disappointed by this brief book, now so affordable, a bargain at any price, for how may we measure the cost of GOd's Love? Come from our divided and individual brokenness into the joy and peace of God's Community with this book in hand, reading every step of the rugged way.

A good book to have.

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