Jean Vanier, and his vision for the developmentally disabled, has been a blessing to the world. Sadly, too few people in the USA are even aware of him or his phenomenal organization, L’Arche. I had the wonderful opportunity of serving as a live-in assistant with a community in the great State of Washington.
What an eye-opening and humbling experience it was! Walking alongside these people the world sees as less than normal taught me to rethink my life and rearrange my priorities. It is my prayer that more L’Arche communities will be established along my native East Coast and all across this country of ours.
None of us is created perfect — but watching the joy of living and giving that emanates from every one of L’Arche’s core members, one learns that the best way to reach perfection is taking a single step each day along the path of simplicity. Thank you, Mr. Vanier and all L’Arche core members. You are God’s gift to each of us.