Jean Bethke Elshtain
The Laura Spelman Rockefeller Professor of Social and Political Ethics, University of Chicago

In an era that dehumanizes and demeans so many on the basis of arbitrary categories, Jean Vanier expands our understanding and refuses to ill-dignify any member of humanity. His life-long commitment to the 'small' among us,those who will never write books or lead nations, displays in full the groundwork of peacemaking--no one is outside the circle of concern and respect. As Vanier reminds us, when so many feel called to undertake monumental tasks, it is well to do 'small things lovingly' and to make peace daily in our communities and with those who are unlike us yet share our humanity".