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Author: Kathryn Spink
ISBN: 1587680386
Language: English
Pages: 320 pages
Category: Theology
Publisher: Hiddenspring (September 1, 2006)
Rating: 4.1
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Previous ed. published as: Jean Vanier and l'Arche. New York: Crossroad; London: Darton Longman & Todd, 1990

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The story of L'Arche communities and one of their founders - Jean Vanier (pronounced zshaw van-yay). Pere Thomas was Vanier's spiritual father and his influence is still deeply felt in L'Arche). L'Arche is a federation of communities that are centered around persons with develpmental disabilities (aka cognitive disabilities or mental retardation).

Excellent story which captures the essence of Jean Vanier and the L'Arche movement. I spent several years with L'Arche, first in France then in Canada and the US. The Holy Spirit is certainly behind this vision of Jean Vanier and the spread of L'Arche to so many countries since 1964. The book's author has done a find job with this book.

Jean Vanier, an ex-naval officer, and son of a Governor General of Canada, bought a small house in a village to the . Written in the late 1980's, this book goes through what seems to be the most important events of Jean Vanier's life, and then weaves it through the beginnings of L'Arche.

Written in the late 1980's, this book goes through what seems to be the most important events of Jean Vanier's life, and then weaves it through the beginnings of L'Arche.

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Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read. Start by marking The Miracle, the Message, the Story: Jean Vanier And L'arche as Want to Read: Want to Read savin. ant to Read. Based on many conversations and much time spent with Jean Vanier, Kathryn Spink traces the growth of the l'Arche movement over forty years, and the life and thought of Jean Vanier himself: his childhood in a devout Christian family, his English education, his escape from war-torn France and his historic meeting with Père Thomas, the priest who helped him find his. true vocation. Miraculously, there are now over 125 l'Arche communities scattered across the continents.

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He wrote about his experiences with Jean Vanier, L'Arche and the Daybreak community in his books The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual . Spink, Kathryn (2006). The Miracle, The Message, The Story : Jean Vanier and L'Arche. London: Darton Longman & Todd.

He wrote about his experiences with Jean Vanier, L'Arche and the Daybreak community in his books The Road to Daybreak: A Spiritual Journey and Adam: God's Beloved  . Spink, Kathryn (2016). Dance with Me? Life Together in L’Arche. Association Jean Vanier.

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The miracle, the message, the story. 1 2 3 4 5. Want to Read. Are you sure you want to remove The miracle, the message, the story from your list? The miracle, the message, the story. Jean Vanier and l'Arche. Rev. and updated ed. by Kathryn Spink. Previous ed. Includes bibliographical references (p. -283) and index.

This book traces the growth of the l’Arche movement and the life and thought of Jean Vanier: his childhood in a privileged Canadian family, his English . There are now over 125 l’Arche communities scattered across the continents.

This book traces the growth of the l’Arche movement and the life and thought of Jean Vanier: his childhood in a privileged Canadian family, his English education, his escape from war-torn France and his historic meeting with the priest who helped him to find his true vocation. Their message – that the ostensibly poor and weak are potentially a source of life, hope and peace – has proved to be of exceptional relevance to the Church and the world.

In 1964 an extraordinary man started an extraordinary project. Jean Vanier, an ex-naval officer, and son of a Governor General of Canada, bought a small house in a village to the north of Paris and invited three men with mental disabilities to share it with him. This was the beginning of l'Arche (The Ark), a special form of community where people who are often rejected and despised by this world can develop their potential to the fullest.
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The ‘rich’ look upon the ‘poor’ and weak as problems
to be resolved, according to their own vision, refusing
to enter into a dialogue of trust with those who are
oppressed and in distress. They will not listen to them.

So begins this book of Jean Vanier’s life, and his respect for people with disabilities.

In 1964 Jean began the first l’Arche (the Ark) home just north of Paris. He invited three rejected people to leave the institution “where they had been living in disgrace and make their home with him.” Wanting to do good, “he had no idea at the time that those people would ‘do good’ to him.”

One of the unique elements of l’Arche communities is that administrators there are not employees, working 8-hour shifts to care for those in need; the administrators live with them, becoming family with them. In living with them, they see not just their limitations, but their value and contributions to the community. They come not just to care for them, but to love and be loved. Henri Nouwen spent 11 years in l’Arche; his books reflect what he learned living there: in providing a home for the developmentally disabled, he found a home for himself.

Today, through hundreds of Faith and Light and l’Arche communities around the world, Jean noted that “thousands of mothers and fathers were beginning to dance and laugh with their children.” These were the children who were once laughed at by their peers, and then hidden from the world’s cruelties by their parents. They once had lived sad, lonely lives. Now, in these communities they really come alive. (I recently joined the board of an organization which helps the developmentally disabled live in homes, in community. And I attended the organization’s 50th anniversary celebration, and yes, I saw the disabled and their parents laugh and sing and dance --- it was a most beautiful, blessed thing to behold.)

The Miracle, The Message, The Story goes into great depth in describing the problems Vanier faced in different cities, in different countries, in different religions, and in different cultures. There were starts, stumbles, and even some failures. The work of love is not an easy thing. Some might read this book and become bored with the seemingly endless problems --- but it is not a book only celebrating success, but celebrating too of the work required to get there.
Dolid
I bogged down a bit in the first chapter but then it picked up. I am not done reading yet.

The story of L'Arche communities and one of their founders - Jean Vanier (pronounced zshaw van-yay). This book gives a moving account of the history of L'Arche along with many insights into Vanier and Pere Thomas' thought. (Pere Thomas was Vanier's spiritual father and his influence is still deeply felt in L'Arche).

L'Arche is a federation of communities that are centered around persons with develpmental disabilities (aka cognitive disabilities or mental retardation). L'Arche recognizes not only the need these "poor" have for relationships, community and belonging - but also the need that those who come to "serve" and "live with" them have. Often the "assistants" needs are filled by the "core people." Everyone has gifts to offer and everyone has an important place. Vanier says he was taught quite a lot of important lessons by the men he lived with. Particularly, how to love and be in relationship.

But, for a better idea - read the book. It will spell it out quite well and will keep your interest.
Livina
This book explains so much about Jean Vanier and the way he followed his call from God to live in community with people who have severe disabilities. I taught children with the same types of disabilities and I can relate to so many of his experiences! If my life were different, I would live in a L'Arche community. For those of us who cannot, this book will teach us much of what we need to learn, not only about L'Arche, but about God.