Media Center Pick of the Week

In honor of Jean Vanier’s 84th birthday on September 10, 2012, we feature the 57 minute DVD, “The Heart Has Its Reasons.” Recognized by the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals with the Gabriel Award, this 1988 documentary chronicles the life and thought of an outstanding Catholic layman.

Heart Has Its Reasons

In honor of Jean Vanier’s 84th birthday on September 10, 2012, we feature the 57 minute DVD, “The Heart Has Its Reasons.” Recognized by the Catholic Academy for Communication Arts Professionals with the Gabriel Award, this 1988 documentary chronicles the life and thought of an outstanding Catholic layman. Discerning our Lord’s call to live in solidarity with the poor, Jean Vanier purchased a small home in a remote village in Northern France in 1964. After discussions with a priest friend, he invited two men to leave their voluntary confinement in a mental institution and live in community with him. Jean named his house L’Arche (Ark), thereby invoking the covenantal image of the Genesis story. L’Arche is now an international federation arranged into nine zones and 131 communities. Pope John Paul II hailed L’Arche as “a providential seed of the civilization of love.” When an interviewer offered the question: “L’Arche is – fill in the blank,” Jean responded: “A place where we live in community with very wounded people, where we create an environment where both assistants and the handicapped can grow. And all this in the Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of the Beatitudes.” The visual images of the community in worship are especially compelling. Transformed by Eucharist, they live in beatitude. For greater study, visit click here. Visit the Media Resource Center @ click here, or call Dan Hardester or Diane Gallagher@ 407-246-4895 (or 4897).
(Dan Hardester serves as Secretary of the Evangelization Secretariat and Director of the Media Center.)