Signs of the Times
Seven Paths of Hope for a Troubled World
Paperback |160 pp |198 x 126 mm
eBook |160 pp
'An important book, which gives Jean Vanier's angle on the Christian message a new and fresh emphasis.'
'This resonant book will touch the heart of anyone in the Church who seeks to live in the hope of the gospel in today's world.'
'Signs of the Times is a book worth reading and long may Jean Vanier and his wonderful work continue.'
Fifty years ago, Jean Vanier founded LArche, a new kind of Christian community which would welcome people with severe intellectual difficulties in a shared life of freedom and mutual respect. A year later, the Second Vatican Council released its vision of a Church which would put societys weakest and most marginalised members at its heart.
Since then, LArche has become a world-renowned symbol of compassion and hope, its members drawn from different faiths and none. But what has become of the radical promise of Vatican II, in a world that continues to value success and power at the expense of the poor and powerless?
Drawing on half a lifetime of experience in LArche, Jean Vanier identifies seven paths towards societies which are more truly inclusive of all their members, whatever their weaknesses and strengths.
From humiliation to humility
From conformity to conscience
From exclusion to encounter
From power to authority
From isolation to community
From strength to vulnerability
From secret to mystery
Jean Vanier addresses himself particularly to the contemporary crisis in the Catholic Church. But these paths of hope are relevant to any society, from families to faith communities and wider social organisations.
Signs of the Times is inspiring/essential reading for anyone concerned with spiritual values and social justice in todays troubled world.
Jean Vanier is a Canadian Catholic philosopher, humanitarian and the founder of L'Arche, an international organization that creates communities where people with intellectual disabilities and those who assist them share life together. He continues to live in the first L'Arche community in Trosly-Breuil, France
Ann Shearer is a Jungian analyst in London. She worked with LArche International for many years and contributed a chapter to The Challenge of LArche, as well as translating Jean Vaniers Community and Growth.