Tears of Silence

Anansi Press, 2014

This inspiring book of meditations includes a new introduction by Vanier, a foreword by author and education activist Parker Palmer, and new photos by Montreal photographer Jonathan Boulet-Groulx. The tears are those of Vanier's own heart, faced with the pain and humiliation of so many people with intellectual disabilities, abandoned in terrible institutions or on the streets. Through his tears rises a cry of anger at the indifference of the world to this abandonment. Vanier asks where do we find the courage to let ourselves be challenged and transformed so that we might rise up as messengers of peace and unity?