Signs of the Times: Seven Paths of Hope for a Troubled World
By Jean Vanier
This is an uplifting book written by an important philosopher, humanitarian, and founder of both L’Arche and Faith and Light. It was a book that was a joy to read.
I always love to read Jean Vanier’s books. I have read all of them over the years. He founded the L’Arche and we have several such communities across Canada, including one right here in Stratford where I live.
Jean Vanier has always been a deacon of compassion and hope for the disabled. But despite the messages of the Vatican II to draw close to people who are disabled and poor, we have done the opposite. We have created a culture of normalcy that only a few can achieve. It is a culture that success is defined by success and power at the expense of the poor and powerless. Jean Vanier tries to take this culture of normalcy and show us that we must include the less fortunate among us.
In this book, Jean Vanier outlines seven paths towards societies which are more truly inclusive of everyone, even the less fortunate and those who are weak. His seven paths are as follows. We should treat everyone with humility, conscience, encounter, authority, community, vulnerability and mystery. We are all God’s children, and we are all loved by God. And God especially loves the less fortunate. In fact, when I look into the eyes of the disabled and poor, I see the eyes of Jesus. In fact, that is the face of Jesus that walks the world. All we have to do is reach out to these individuals.
Thank you Jean Vanier for another GREAT book!
Rating: 5+ Stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth