"The founder of the worldwide l'Arche communities examines the significance and sources of love and sexuality. Drawing on over 20 years' experience of Christian community life with people who are mentally handicapped and their assistants he explores the implications of the relationship of man and woman from a Christian and a community standpoint. When Vanier speaks of the cry for love within the person who is mentally handicapped he draws the wider parallel of that same search within every man and woman; the fragility and vulnerability of each person at the level of the heart and in the search for relationship. Does love necessarily imply sexual relationship ? How do we live with anguish and with loneliness ? How do we reach emotional maturity ? Vanier does not offer easy answers and neither does he avoid the most intimate and searching questions. This is a book to be pondered and re-read for the wealth of its insights into the meaning and sources of human sexuality". -- back cover.
Contents: Foreword / Henri J.M. Nouwen -- Introduction -- 1. The Wounded Heart -- 2. Education and Its Demands -- 3. The Relationship between Man and Woman -- 4. A Place for the Heart -- 5. The Community: Place of Sexual Integration -- 6. The Celibate Living in Community -- 7. Unity in Marriage -- 8. Fecundity and the Welcome of Death -- 9. A Celebration of Unity -- Conclusion.