Our Life Together
A Memoir in Letters
Paperback |584 pp |234 x 156 mm
By any measure, Jean Vanier led an astonishing life. He was the founder of the international movement of LArche communities as well as Faith and Light, organisations that bring together people with developmental disabilities and the friends who share their lives. He espoused the philosophy that the marginalised, weak and lonely can teach us great things and that true spirituality can only come from our relationships with the less fortunate. Our Life Together contains over four decades of Vaniers letters to friends and to both LArche and Faith and Light communities all over the world. The call of the disadvantaged brought Vanier to the heart of some of the worlds great moments of upheaval: India during the Emergency Period; South Africa during apartheid; Lebanon during its civil war; the USSR in 1989, on the eve of its collapse; the West Bank during the First Intifada; the Philippines at the birth of democracy there; Rwanda on the eve of genocide. His letters bear witness to these turning points in history and also show his personal thoughts on the quest for peace, his own faith journey and the need for interfaith dialogue. With an insightful introduction by the author, Our Life Together is inspirational and infused with a sense of unity. It reveals a candid portrait of a man who sought to understand what it is to be a whole, compassionate human being.