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A Excellent Male Honored: Jean Vanier (2015 Templeton Prize)

The Templeton Basis justifies substantial praise for giving its annual award, the Templeton Prize (and right here ), to the Canadian thinker and humanitarian, Jean Vanier (and right here). The prize was set up in 1972 and is presented to a residing individual who “has manufactured an exceptional contribution to affirming life’s spiritual dimension, whether by means of perception, discovery, or sensible performs.”

Vanier is a prolific writer, but he is most identified for his founding of L’Arche. In Wikipedia, L’Arche is explained as follows:

L’Arche is an Intercontinental Federation dedicated to the generation and development of properties, programs, and assistance networks with individuals who have intellectual disabilities. It was launched in 1964 when Jean Vanier, the son of Canadian Governor Basic Georges Vanier and Pauline Vanier, welcomed two men with disabilities into his home in the city of Trosly-Breuil, France. Nowadays, it is an international organisation running 147 communities in 35 nations around the world, and on all five continents.

I first encountered Vanier’s writings twenty several years in the past when I go through his overpowering quantity on residents of the L’Arche community entitled, Male and Woman He Produced Them. The Amazon description suggests of the e-book: “When Vanier speaks of the cry for love inside a individual who is disabled, he attracts the broader parallel of that very same lookup inside of each and every guy and girl the fragility and vulnerability of every person at the degree of the heart and in the look for for connection.”

The Templeton Basis strike it out of the park with this award.


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