Women with Down Syndrome respond to God’s call

Community founded with support of Jerome Lejeune

 

tumblr_mzb4fgtQ3P1qiu3jko1_500The following comes from a July 26 story on Patheos.com.

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).

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.
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  1. St. Christopher says:

    This, this is beyond moving. The beauty of God, when shown by His grace, makes believers weak with the understanding that He is alive and generous to His human creation. Thank you, Abba, for the beauty of your daughters, and grant us the benefit of their mighty prayers, which are surely heard, immediately, in Heaven. Deo Gratias.

  2. The Church needs more Holy Women like this and less ‘Bishops” who do nothing but say the same thing over & over again. Bless them –

  3. God bless them.

  4. Yes, beautiful! and who more innocent. God bless them all, and we most certainly need their prayers.

  5. Clinton R. says:

    The sisters are resplendent in their habits. May God increase their numbers. May St. Therese pray for them. Beautiful story. +JMJ+

  6. Abeca Christian says:

    God bless them. Sweet and innocent.

  7. Catherine says:

    Corinthians 1:27 – Douay-Rheims Bible
    But the foolish things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the wise; and the weak things of the world hath God chosen, that he may confound the strong.

    “Hearing nuns’confessions is like being stoned to death with popcorn.” – Bishop Sheen

    As parents of a developmentally challenged daughter we often see the faces of others who are sometimes uncomfortable with seeing or discussing the subject of facing what they perhaps misperceive as a heartache or a weakness. It is our daughter who has brought such joy and confounded us daily since God gave her to us as a great gift. This is a lovely true story and after Bishop Sheen’s quote, one cannot even begin to perceive how quick and efficient are the prayers of these sweet sisters in rising up to Almighty God’s ears. You are right Anne T and Abeca. They are sweet and innocent and we most certainly do need their prayers.

    Proverbs 17: [6] Children’ s children are the crown of old men: and the glory of children are their fathers. [7] Eloquent words do not become a fool, nor lying lips a prince. [8] The expectation of him that expecteth, is a most acceptable jewel: whithersoever he turneth himself, he understandeth wisely. [9] He that concealeth a transgression. seeketh friendships: he that repeateth it again, separateth friends. [10] A reproof availeth more with a wise man, than a hundred stripes with a fool. Douay- Rheims Bible.

  8. Charles A says:

    During my conversion, my youngest daughter chose this path. Our family had a long journey. never would I considered the thought that I would have a daughter become a nun. God almighty is very merciful!

    These young ladies are an inspiration. Thanks CCD for the story.

  9. Nicholas says:

    Best news story of the year!
    Beautiful souls.
    God bless and protect them.

  10. Why are there no religious communities like this available in America? Have our sisters have been too busy riding Nuns on the Bus, throwing their habits out the window, walking labyrinths, and promoting Obamacare and other left wing causes, instead of doing God’s will? Shame on them, they will have to answer for that someday.

    • Ann Malley says:

      Praise God, contemplative orders are growing, PJM. And they are here in the United States. We just don’t hear much about them in the news as they are busy doing God’s work.

      God bless!

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