Skip to comments.Women in France with Down syndrome find community in religious order
Posted on 08/13/2018 11:03:46 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o
People with Down syndrome are not often valued in society; they are often discriminated against and targeted for death. But one religious order in France, the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, aims to give women with Down syndrome a community, where their sense of worth is acknowledged and celebrated. Down syndrome
Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb
The order was founded when Mother Prioress Line met a girl named Veronique, who has Down syndrome, but also felt a calling to religious life. Mother Prioress Line knew it would be difficult if not impossible for Veronique to find a religious community willing to accept her, so Mother Prioress Line founded the religious order herself, with the help of Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the Catholic scientist who discovered the chromosomal abnormality that causes Down syndrome. The order was canonically recognized by the Archbishop of Tours in 1990, and became a religious institute of contemplative life in 1999. Mother Prioress Line said that the goal of the order is:
...to allow those who have the last place in the world, to hold in the Church the exceptional place of spouses of Jesus Christ, and 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 order is composed of women both with Down syndrome and women without it. They follow St. Thereses little way, living a contemplative life of prayer, work, poverty, and sacrifice. This achievement is only possible because it is supported by Sisters without Downs syndrome who answered a call to love, dedicating themselves to God with their disabled little sisters to form a single community, Mother Prioress Line said, adding:
That is why we are not two communities combined into one with Sisters without Downs on one side and the Sisters with Downs on the other. We are all one in the same community and the same family where all live at the same adapted rhythm. We share the offices and the same tasks of the Community where manual labor is adjusted to each according to her abilities.
The order is seen as one big family, and Mother Prioress Line said they are merely following the way of Jesus and St. Therese. Looking at our Little Sisters throughout the day, we contemplate Jesus hidden in the heart of all, small and humble, Jesus has placed us at the school of love to the end, she said. It is a great joy, a great grace to be able to offer us to God through our Little Sisters. It is through this that they can be devoted to Jesus and become His spouses, small and well-loved.
True Christian love.
For the sake of Christ, then I am content with weaknesses , insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak , then I am strong . (2 Corinthians 12:8-10).
So sweet! Thanks for posting.
I love French Catholicism; they have a gift for beauty matched by reverence. I saw a Mass at Sacre Couer years ago in which the nuns played the violin. And brilliantly, too.
Awwwwwww. This is awesome. And very often nuns in Europe are also involved in nursing. People with Down Syndrome are very attracted to helping professions. The one man we are friends with, who has intellectual deficits, works every day at a preschool. He is valuable and the kids love him.
Beautiful. Showing the love of Christ.
God Bless them.
Thank-you for posting this.
The shrine you went to honors the Sacred Heart which I love.
It’s a beautiful church.
Many thanks for the best post of the day, imo. Sometimes we have to look for the good things that human beings are doing inspired by God’s love instead of at the hurly-burly that passes for news.
I've been enjoying the mass at https://dimanche.retraitedanslaville.org/.
I thought of visiting them next time I pass through, but I might just have to make a point to see the Sisters near Poitiers.
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