Signs of the Times: Seven Paths of Hope for a Troubled World
The Second Vatican Council released its vision of a Church which would put society’s weakest and most marginalized members at its heart. At the same time, Jean Vanier founded L’Arche, a new sort of Christian community in which people with intellectual disabilities could be welcomed to a life of freedom and dignity. What has become of the radical hope for a renewed Church and those who should be its central concern? Vanier identifies the seven paths of transformation at the heart of L’Arche, the same paths that should be heeded by the Church: from humiliation to humility; from normalization to the awakening conscience; from exclusion to encounter; from power to authority; from isolation to community; from strength to vulnerability; from secret to mystery.