Signs of the Times

Seven Paths of Hope for a Troubled World

Jean Vanier

978 0 232 53015 5
Paperback |160 pp |198 x 126 mm
Price: £8.99

978 0 232 53080 3
eBook |160 pp

'An important book, which gives Jean Vanier's angle on the Christian message a new and fresh emphasis.'

The Tablet

'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.'

Church Times

'Signs of the Times is a book worth reading and long may Jean Vanier and his wonderful work continue.'

Irish Catholic

Fifty years ago, Jean Vanier founded L’Arche, 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 society’s weakest and most marginalised members at its heart.

Since then, L’Arche 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 L’Arche, 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 today’s 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 L’Arche International for many years and contributed a chapter to The Challenge of L’Arche, as well as translating Jean Vanier’s Community and Growth.

Jean Vanier was a philosopher and theologian. He was the founder of L’Arche International and the winner of the Templeton Prize 2015 which recognises outstanding contributions to spiritual writing and to the spiritual life. He died on May 7th, 2019. He was 90.
ISBNs: 9780232530155 978-0-232-53015-5 Title: signs of the times ISBNs: 9780232530803 978-0-232-53080-3 Title: signs of the times