Book cover In Weakness Strength

In Weakness, Strength

Griffin House
1969

The spiritual sources of Georges P. Vanier, 19th Governor-General of Canada.

Georges P. Vanier, Jean Vanier’s father, made a strong impression on his son. After Georges’ death, Jean Vanier wrote this biography encapsulating his father’s spiritual life. For Georges, love was the “central aspect of human faith and God,” and this idea has also been his son’s theological and philosophical basis.

In his life, Georges suffered greatly from an amputated leg resulting from a war injury, and in the biography Jean writes that pain was the foundation of Georges’ spiritual life. He believed that pain and weakness were the clearest paths to communion with God. Jean Vanier draws inspiration from his father’s life to articulate the spiritual meaning we feel in pain, dependence and frailty.