Disability & Chronic Illness

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Litany of the Undiagnosed: A Prayer of Surrender in Uncertainty

March 19, 2021

Facing a chronic illness with no diagnosis can be a challenging spiritual trial. Use this prayer to ask for Jesus’ accompaniment, as you abandon yourself to his (twisty, winding, difficult) plans for you.

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6 Great Sensory-Friendly First Communion Dresses

March 2, 2021

Simple. Relaxed. Affordable. Mass appropriate. I rounded up some sensory-friendly First Communion options that won’t break the bank for your daughter’s special day — a couple even have my own kids’ seal of sensory approval.

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What Br. Juniper and St. Thomas Aquinas teach us about intellectual disability

January 28, 2021

In the spiritual models of Juniper and Aquinas, we can take comfort that God knows our children perfectly. He has a plan and a path to heaven for each of us.

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The Disabled: Modern Missionaries Inside the Church

December 18, 2020

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.

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Why Jesus Coming in Weakness Matters to Special Needs Families

December 14, 2020

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.

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A New Chapter in Catechesis for Persons with Disabilities

September 29, 2020

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.

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Just as I am, and as I might be

August 24, 2020

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.

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What Our Lady of Lourdes taught me about the power of weakness

February 11, 2020

The vulnerability of the sick and disabled is a great strength. Their receptivity to earthly love makes them powerful conduits for the heavenly kind.

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The death of innocence and the death of innocents

January 22, 2020

There’s no denying the fact that valuing and respecting all life, including the lives of the disabled, is never the easy or politically expedient thing to do. In fact, it’s usually the most difficult.

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On Loan, On Layover [Guest Post by Annamarie Adkins]

January 2, 2020

As we raise our children, we try to remember that we are their stewards for the time being. This practice is a little more intensified when your child nears the brink of death, and is brought back to life again.

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Christy Wilkens

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I’m a Catholic wife, mother of six, and writer who wrestles with the problem of pain. What does faith look like in times of adversity and struggle? I’m so glad to have you here, joining the conversation. Learn more about me 🠖

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