‘Deeply Marked by India’

‘My trips to India that began in 1969 deeply marked my life. I discovered a whole world of poverty that I had never seen before in my life. At the time of the civil war in Bangladesh, I visited Calcutta and met Mother Teresa and her sisters; hundreds of thousands of refugees were flooding into India …

In India I also discovered the vision and work of Mahatma Gandhi, especially his spirituality. In him I found a prophet for our times, a man of God, a man of prayer, a man deeply concerned about the life of the poorwho saw the “untouchables as “harijans, children of God.’

Jean Vanier, “The Ark,” p. 55, Quoted in “Jean Vanier: Essential Writings,” by Carolyn Whitney Brown, p. 35

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