John is friend, brother, mentor, spiritual director, and the main human inspiration of my life. Fifty years of friendship, working together, praying, speaking, and listening has formed my heart and given purpose and deep human insight into my life journey. No other person has impacted my story as much as Jean Vanier. He is the same to literally hundreds of people world-wide. His life, like the life of Jesus, is a witness to what being 'truly human' is all about. He carried the secret of the Gospel in his heart, his life, his writing, acting and speaking. He is a giant enfleshed in weakness. Words cannot capture the man, but he is God's Beloved Son, with us today. What a gift for the world.