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It is an unfortunate reality that 80 percent of prenatally diagnosed children with Down syndrome are aborted. And with new, highly acurate, first trimester tests on the way, that number will increase.These children, like all children are beautiful gifts from God.
And sometimes the diagnosis is wrong . . . someday it may be that 90 percent of downs babies that are born will be from devout Catholic families, Mormons, or others that are ardently pro-life.
It is so terribly sad that people assume Down Syndrome is some sort of curse, or that any sort of disability is, for that matter. I was privileged enough to have a younger sister with Cerebral Palsy and mental retardation, and while she had physical limitations, she was also the happiest person I've ever known, including myself.My parents never once regretted giving life to my sister, and all of us were better off because of it. All of society has something to learn from children such as these, and all of society would benefit from their existence.
While travelling in rural Missouri this weekend, I heard a homilist recount an anecdote from a book with which I was unfamiliar.I know nothing of the book (and from the priest's short description, in sounded sort of goofy), it may be the most anti-Catholic book on the shelves for all I know, but the anecdote was striking:The concept was that Jesus had reappeared on the eve of WWIII in a small town in France (I know, I know, bear with me), and he was holding an infant with mental retardation. The townspeople were begging for a sign that this Jesus was the true Christ, and in return he said something like (I'm paraphrasing a paraphrase here):You expect me to "heal" this child, but I am not a magician. This child has been given a gift that none of you has. She is eternally innocent. She will never do anything to offend me. She is a gift yo you, so that you may learn and be uplifted by her innocence.
Momraptor,Thank you for your beautiful words, and for sharing your wisdom garnered from life in your family. Awesome testimony!
In translating Jesus's spoken word from Aramaic to Greek, the truer sense of the word Jesus used for "child" was lost in translation. "ţlīth" was translated into the Greek word for child, but also could mean "boy," "servant," or "the lowest of the low." [And to this day the term 'boy' can be used derogatorily and confrontationally with someone, e.g. a man telling another "Get over here, boy."]As the post-ers above point out, Jesus certainly had a love for the poorest of the poor, the lame, the crippled, the lepers, the taxcollectors, etc. Every society in the world can and should be judged by how they treat their most degraded beings, both born and unborn.
I was the mother of a son with severe physical and mental disabilities. There is no doubt that it was a very challenging thing for the entire family. However, all of us feel that we were molded by the experience, and that we are better for it. He passed away at 19 and our only regret is that we spent so much time worrying about his future on earth instead of enjoying him while he was here. He touched so many people. My daughter now works with children with disabilities, and she absolutely loves them. What a loss for all of us when they are aborted.mv
They cried out in a loud voice,"How long will it be , holy and true master, before you sit in judgement and avenge our blood on the inhabitants of the earth?"Each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to be patient a little while longer...(Revelation 6:10-11)
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