Introduction

Jean Vanier is a well-known philosopher, writer, religious and moral leader and the founder of two international organizations dedicated to people with intellectual disabilities: L’Arche and Faith and Light.

Jean Vanier speaks regularly in public forums, inviting us to recognize the gifts and valuable teachings that people with intellectual disabilities bring to society when they are welcomed and loved. Having spent more than fives decades living with these people, Jean Vanier has become a forceful advocate for the weak and the marginalized.

Because it meets the profound and universal needs of every person, Jean Vanier’s message bridges religious and cultural differences. His experience testifies to the transforming power of love, of vulnerability, of forgiveness and simplicity – human qualities little valued yet so essential to the world today.