Pray on Autism Sunday!

CatholicMom.com just posted my column about Autism Sunday, a reflection on “I Am Sam.”  Check it out!

prayerToday is the International Day of Prayer for Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome in the UK. Let’s join our prayers together!

Pope Benedict XVI wrote to the co-founders of Autism Sunday, Ivan and Charika Corea, invoking his apostolic blessing on the autism community. For more information, click here.

Lord, today we remember families touched by these chronic illnesses.

In their isolation, may they experience Your presence.

In their frustration, may they know Your peace.

In their sorrow, may they feel Your joy.

Calm their anger with Your infinite love.

Together with our brothers and sisters all over the world, we thank you for those you have entrusted to us, for as long as they are with us. Teach us to measure each other not by our challenges, but by our blessings.

In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

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  1. interesting! I didn’t know that. your prayer was sweet too.

    funny though, I don’t consider my kids to have an “illness” chronic or otherwise. I consider them to be made different by God. And therefore are special “as is”. I don’t understand it, but God don’t make mistakes and His plan is perfection so I just accept and do the best I can with what I’ve been given.

    I know there are parents who do see Autisim as an illness and will go to great and dangerous lengths in their search for a “cure”.

    I”ve just never seen it that way. Never seen my kids that way.

    Maybe I’m just weirdly wired that way. I dunno.

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  2. Every child is special “as is.” Disabilities and challenges — and “being created differently” doesn’t change that.

    You raise an important point about being able to accept your child’s limitations, and love him for who he is. It’s an important part of the parenting process.

    I hope that your children will always be able to see themselves through your eyes, as every bit as special as their peers!

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  3. Dear Lord, We pray for Araceli and her son. So long as he cannot tell her what he is thinking and feeling, quicken her motherly instincts to read his heart. Help her to grow in faith, hope, and love.

    And Lord, if it is your will, heal this boy and let him speak! In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen!

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