People with disabilities and their families have an important role to play in the future of the Church. Not as noisome gadflies, but as heralds of a better tomorrow.
The Israelites expected the a triumphant king who would cast off their oppression and who could not be defeated. But what they got was a helpless infant, hidden in obscurity, requiring total care.
During our family rosary, we unite ourselves by offering ourselves, pouring what is in our hearts out into the little community of our family. We gather our minds and bodies back from our fragmented daily existence to the heart of family unity, if only for a few brief minutes.
The Vatican issues a new document on involving persons with disabilities in catechesis and ministry--not just as recipients, but as active members of the Body of Christ, "in living reciprocal relationships of welcoming and solidarity" with the whole community.
Suffering refines us, as we endure it, and it refines all of humanity, as we leave it at the foot of the cross, our own small pebble added to a cairn the size of the whole world.
We must love our children exactly as they are, exactly as God created them. We must also love them so much that we desire and help them to grow beyond this.
Acedia is a near-constant spiritual battle that is uniquely pertinent to the days we are living through ... even if you don’t happen to be a third-century hermit.
In preparation for our first Sunday watching Mass via livestream from the couch, I created some printable Spiritual Communion prayers. Feel free to download and share!
The vulnerability of the sick and disabled is a great strength. Their receptivity to earthly love makes them powerful conduits for the heavenly kind.