Jean Vanier, the Founder of L'Arche, and the son of former Governor General Georges Vanier and Madame Pauline Vanier, has died.
Vanier wrote, in "Becoming Human" (1998), of the danger of loneliness and isolation - especially of the disabled and the vulnerable:
"loneliness can become agony, a scream of pain…life no longer flows in recognizable patterns…such a person feels completely cut off from everyone and everything” (p. 9). “Loneliness is not the same thing as solitude. We can be alone yet happy, because we know we are part of a family, a community, even the universe itself. Loneliness is a feeling of not being part of anything, of being cut off” (p. 33).Today, when you pray for Jean's noble soul, also offer a prayer for the disabled, the vulnerable, the abandoned, the lonely...
Eternal rest grant to him O Lord, and may perpetual light shine upon him.
+ Amen +