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French Religious Community Welcomes Girls with Down Syndrome
LifeSiteNews.com ^ | Monday March 29, 2010 | Thaddeus M. Baklinski

Posted on 03/29/2010 4:36:09 PM PDT by Salvation

LifeSiteNews.com

French Religious Community Welcomes Girls with Down Syndrome

Monday March 29, 2010


 

By Thaddeus M. Baklinski

LE BLANC, France, March 29, 2010 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb are a contemplative religious community in France that enables girls with Down syndrome to respond to a religious vocation.

The tiny community, founded in 1985 and based in Le Blanc, in the diocese of Bourges, is made up of seven sisters, five of whom have Down syndrome.

In a world where up to 90 percent of Down syndrome children are aborted, the Prioress of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb says the order exists, "To allow those who have the ‘last place’ in the world, to hold in the Church the exceptional place of spouses of Jesus Christ. To allow those who depend on others for their everyday life to take in charge, in their prayer, the intentions that are entrusted to them. To allow those whose life is held in contempt to the extent of being in danger from a culture of death, to witness by their consecration to the Gospel of Life."

The possibility of young women with Down syndrome being enabled to realize their religious vocation depends on the support of sisters without the disability, who have responded to a call to consecrate themselves to God with their disabled sisters and to form one community with them.

A leaflet produced by the community describes the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb as an order "Guided by the wisdom of St Benedict," and "following every day the ‘little way’ taught by Saint Therese" that "teaches our little disabled sisters the manual labour necessary for their development. We live poverty in putting ourselves at their disposal. With them, we share the work of everyday life."

"The office, adoration and the praying of the rosary are adapted to their rhythm and their capacities. In a spirit of silence, our prayer feeds every day on the Eucharist and on the meditation of the Gospel."

"Today, more girls with Down Syndrome are knocking at our door. To respond to their request, our family needs new vocations. Vocations to share a contemplative life with 'the smallest in the Kingdom'."

The order's vocation leaflet encourages "young girls touched by the spirit of poverty and dedication, ready to offer a whole existence to the service of Christ in the person of their sisters with Down Syndrome," to visit the priory, which is close to the abbey of Fontgombault, for a period of vocational discernment.

A short YouTube clip taken from a 26-minute documentary on the community, produced by the French pro-life group Exaltavit, is available here.

Information on the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb is available from the Foundation of Monasteries, 83 rue Dutot, 75015 Paris, France.


TOPICS: Catholic; Current Events; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: catholic; catholiclist; downsyndrome; moralabsolutes; prolife; vocations
Prayers for these precious girls answering a call to a vocation in the religious life. They will be blessed abundantly.
1 posted on 03/29/2010 4:36:10 PM PDT by Salvation
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**In a world where up to 90 percent of Down syndrome children are aborted, the Prioress of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb says the order exists, “To allow those who have the ‘last place’ in the world, to hold in the Church the exceptional place of spouses of Jesus Christ. To allow those who depend on others for their everyday life to take in charge, in their prayer, the intentions that are entrusted to them. To allow those whose life is held in contempt to the extent of being in danger from a culture of death, to witness by their consecration to the Gospel of Life.”**

Tears running down my face — thinking of my Down Syndrome grandson.

Catholic Ping!


2 posted on 03/29/2010 4:37:56 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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Pro-life bump!


3 posted on 03/29/2010 4:40:02 PM PDT by trisham (Zen is not easy. It takes effort to attain nothingness. And then what do you have? Bupkis.)
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4 posted on 03/29/2010 4:40:31 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Salvation

In the midst of all this awfulness, I feel my heart being warmed.


5 posted on 03/29/2010 4:41:33 PM PDT by Bahbah (Only dead fish go with the flow)
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To: Salvation; cgk; Coleus; cpforlife.org; narses; 8mmMauser

Pro-Life Ping


6 posted on 03/29/2010 4:41:36 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Salvation

True Christ-likeness displayed there.

What a contrast to the *nuns* in the other thread who are out supporting abortion.


7 posted on 03/29/2010 4:45:37 PM PDT by metmom (Welfare was never meant to be a career choice.)
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To: Bahbah

Absolutely!


8 posted on 03/29/2010 4:50:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: wagglebee

Thanks for the tip.


9 posted on 03/29/2010 4:50:23 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: metmom

**What a contrast to the *nuns* in the other thread who are out supporting abortion.**

Glad you emphasized the word “nuns” thus — I would daresay these girls are much holier.

Love the part about the prayers being simplified for them.

Most Down Syndrome children love music. I can almost hear them singing their prayers.

(Yes, I’m choked up again.)


10 posted on 03/29/2010 4:52:13 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation
The tiny community, founded in 1985 and based in Le Blanc, in the diocese of Bourges, is made up of seven sisters, five of whom have Down syndrome.

What a magnificent dedication these women have made, not only to dedicate their lives to Christ, but to give an opportunity to others who might otherwise never know him a chance to do so in a loving community. But only two sisters to shepherd the others! Prayers that others find the devotion and compassion to join this cause, that it may endure.

11 posted on 03/29/2010 4:57:28 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: Salvation

God bless these Nuns and their Little Sisters.


12 posted on 03/29/2010 5:04:43 PM PDT by proudofthesouth (We need a group of men with the intelligence, courage, & integrity that our Founding Fathers had.)
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To: pepsi_junkie

Amen to your prayers.


13 posted on 03/29/2010 5:12:43 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Very sad to hear of this. He will be in my prayers especially this Holy Week.


14 posted on 03/29/2010 5:18:03 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Salvation; wagglebee

Tears for me too, Salvation.

Physically or mentally disabled doesn’t mean the soul - who is untouched by those infirmities - cannot glorify and serve God.

So beautiful. I am glad that such goodness and love exists in this world.


15 posted on 03/29/2010 5:20:20 PM PDT by little jeremiah (Asato Ma Sad Gamaya Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya)
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To: Salvation
I wish EWTN would do a segment on this Religious Community.

Truly showing the dignity of our most innocent.

16 posted on 03/29/2010 5:25:54 PM PDT by mware (F-R-E-E, that spells free, Free Republic.com baby.)
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To: mware
I wish EWTN would do a segment on this Religious Community.

Don't wish it, pray for it and write to EWTN.

17 posted on 03/29/2010 5:30:53 PM PDT by arthurus ("If you don't believe in shooting abortionists, don't shoot an abortionist." -Ann C.)
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To: Steelfish

Mt grandson is now four years old and thriving in a pre-school class.


18 posted on 03/29/2010 5:47:11 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: arthurus

I second that — there are contacts listed on their website.


19 posted on 03/29/2010 5:48:21 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Bless you for this post


20 posted on 03/29/2010 5:49:16 PM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa
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To: Salvation

May God bless these sisters and add many to their numbers.


21 posted on 03/29/2010 6:02:28 PM PDT by Bigg Red (Palin/Hunter 2012 -- Bolton their Secretary of State)
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To: Salvation

We have a Downs Syndrome boy who serves as an altar server at our church. He never makes a mistake and his parents are extremely proud of him, as they should be.

I hope your grandson reaches his potential, which is far greater then people sometimes think.


22 posted on 03/29/2010 7:13:39 PM PDT by Miss Marple
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To: Miss Marple

There is a Down Syndrome young man who serves at every Sunday Mass here in town. I had him in my child care center when he was four years old. And then substituted in his high school class when I work for the public schools.

I now good friends with his mother too!


23 posted on 03/29/2010 7:39:00 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

Indeed they deserve our prayers as well as support. What a wonderful story.


24 posted on 03/29/2010 8:25:16 PM PDT by mimaw
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To: Salvation

Thank you for sharing this. This is one of the most wonderful things I’ve seen or heard in a long time.


25 posted on 03/29/2010 9:18:11 PM PDT by RedDogzRule (><}}}">)
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To: RedDogzRule; mimaw

Indeed, a very precious story. Pray for all Down Syndrome children that they may find such happiness.


26 posted on 03/29/2010 9:20:45 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: Salvation

We have neighbors next door who have a young boy with Down Syndrome, and they basically lock him in his room with padded walls and bolted windows. They are not religious, so he never goes to church, and I often see him running naked down the street, trying to escape. It’s so sad. The child is very violent and angry and, while I’m no expert in the matter, I think teaching the child about Christ’s love and giving him some faith might change that. I grew up with a boy in my church who had Down Syndrome and he was so sweet and loving and always wanted to just hug everyone and help out. He was even an acolyte. I never saw him angry or violent. The only conclusion I can draw is the role Christ played in his life made all the difference.


27 posted on 03/29/2010 9:24:37 PM PDT by RedDogzRule (><}}}">)
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To: Salvation
Pinged from Terri Dailies


28 posted on 04/04/2010 12:37:39 PM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Salvation

Bumping this good news thread!


29 posted on 04/06/2010 7:20:58 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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