Disability & Chronic Illness

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.


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.


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.

All Saints

#7QT: 7 great saints to know for neurological problems

March 1, 2019

Gotta medical problem that is neurological in nature? These are your go-to friends in heaven.


Different gifts, same spirit

October 19, 2018

We evolve as individual beings — not from incompleteness to a finished product, but from one wholeness to another.


Fully Known

June 29, 2018

I berate myself (and others) for not knowing better, seeing better. But there is only one who Knows us as we are meant to be known, and loves us anyway.


Living our brokenness under the blessing lifts us all

May 23, 2018

Brokenness lived under the blessing is transformed into a gift, not a burden. Every year in Lourdes, I get to relearn this.


Oscar’s Undiagnosed Story

April 29, 2018

The saga of our as-yet fruitless search for answers, in honor of Undiagnosed Diseases Day.


Chasing the name

July 19, 2017

Diagnosing special needs children requires making peace with The Cloud of Unknowing.


That time we went to Lourdes and our son was healed

June 5, 2017

In which we address the elephant in the room and the million dollar question: What happened AFTER the baths?

Christy Wilkens

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