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Women With Down Syndrome Respond to Godís Call
Seasons of Grace ^ | July 26, 2014 | Kathy Schiffer

Posted on 07/28/2014 2:27:54 PM PDT by NYer

Sisters with Down Syndrome

To offer oneself to God, in witness to the Gospel of Life.

This is the mission of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, a contemplative order in France which opens its doors to women who feel a call to religious life, but who may be turned away from other orders because they have Down Syndrome. The community depends on other sisters who do not have Down Syndrome, but who have committed to share their lives with these lovely, holy women.

The community was founded in 1985 with the support and encouragement of Jerome Lejeune, the French pediatrician and geneticist whose laboratory research uncovered the link to chromosomal abnormalities including Trisomy 21 (Down Syndrome).

Sister with Down Syndrome

In 1990, the group was canonically recognized as a public association by the Archbishop of Tours. The Sisters now reside in a priory in Blanc, where they model their lives after St. Therese of Lisieux’s “Little Way”. A leaflet published by the community explains:

We follow every day the “little way” taught by Saint Therese; knowing that “great actions are forbidden to us”, we learn from her to receive everything from God, to “love for the brothers who fight”, to “scatter flowers for Jesus”, and to pray for the intentions entrusted to us.



TOPICS: Catholic; Ministry/Outreach
KEYWORDS: catholic; ds

1 posted on 07/28/2014 2:27:54 PM PDT by NYer
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To: Tax-chick; GregB; Berlin_Freeper; SumProVita; narses; bboop; SevenofNine; Ronaldus Magnus; tiki; ...

Ping!


2 posted on 07/28/2014 2:28:15 PM PDT by NYer ("You are a puff of smoke that appears briefly and then disappears." James 4:14)
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To: NYer; zot

Blessings to the sisters who have founded this order.


3 posted on 07/28/2014 2:36:37 PM PDT by GreyFriar (Spearhead - 3rd Armored Division 75-78 & 83-87)
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To: GreyFriar
Blessings to the sisters who have founded this order.

Amen!

4 posted on 07/28/2014 2:39:55 PM PDT by zot
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To: NYer

Wonderful!


5 posted on 07/28/2014 2:41:01 PM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas ( Isaiah 22:22, Matthew 16:19, Revelation 3:7)
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To: NYer

Nice!


6 posted on 07/28/2014 2:45:29 PM PDT by Ditter
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To: NYer

What a wonderful idea!


7 posted on 07/28/2014 3:24:23 PM PDT by Tax-chick (No power in the 'verse can stop me.)
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To: NYer

God Bless them!


8 posted on 07/28/2014 4:30:22 PM PDT by Gerish (Feed your faith and your doubts will starve to death.)
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To: NYer

How beautiful!


9 posted on 07/28/2014 5:11:05 PM PDT by Salvation ("With God all things are possible." Matthew 19:26)
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To: NYer

Yes, Beautiful!


10 posted on 07/28/2014 9:50:30 PM PDT by MDLION ("Trust in the Lord with all your heart" -Proverbs 3:5)
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To: NYer

What a cool idea.


11 posted on 07/29/2014 10:51:20 AM PDT by defconw (Both parties have clearly lost their minds!)
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To: NYer

THanks so much for posing this. I’m thinking maybe I can put an excerpt into our monthly parish newsletter.


12 posted on 07/29/2014 2:13:06 PM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (May the Lord bless you and keep you, may He turn to you His countenance and give you peace.)
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