The Powerful And Powerless In Jean Vanier's The Vision Of Jesus

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Integral human development also asks difficult moral questions for all to get a perspective from the side of the poor and the victimized. Pope Francis brings up a good argument when stating, “We need a conversation which includes everyone, since the environmental challenge we are undergoing and its human roots, concern and affect us all” (Francis, 14). Pope John Paul II has a depiction of the exercise of solidarity similar to that of Jean Vanier. “The exercise of solidarity within each society is valid when its members recognize one another as persons” (John Paul II, 39). Jean Vanier in The Vision of Jesus, provides a rational depiction of the Christ’s view between the powerful and powerless. This is the lens that is provided on what we should…show more content…
The wall cannot be just simply torn down, but the powerful could help the powerless by aiding them in overcoming the obstacles in front of them and basically climbing over the wall to be on the side of the powerful. Pope Francis positions every person in perspective of the side of the poor and the victimized through the use of ecology. He states, “The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life” (Francis, 2). The sickness represents all the irrational pollution that we continue to emit into the air daily. Pope Francis talks about the poor, the ones that will not be able to have a sustainable life because of our wrongdoings today. For example, he states, “Today, however, we have to realize that a true ecological approach always becomes a social approach; it must integrate questions of justice in debates on the environment, so as to hear both the cry of the earth and the cry of the poor” (Francis,
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