Miracle Monday: A Special Needs Child Aspires to Religious Life

schoolchildren-circleHappy Day after Mother’s Day! I hope you had a great weekend.

The other day I came across this article by Karen Wolff at CatholicMom.com entitled “Perseverance is the Key.”

Karen has a twenty-three year old daughter, Amanda, who has special needs. All her life she has worked hard to learn and grow, and to become independent. She wants more than anything to be a nun — but finds that most communities are not open to receiving a special-needs member.

When you read Amanda’s story, I hope you’ll pray with me that Amanda’s steps will be guided to the special community that needs her most.

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About hsaxton

Heidi Hess Saxton is an adoptive parent of two children, and converted to Catholicism in 1994. She is adoptive parent columnist at CatholicMom.com and CatholicExchange.com. She also writes for the Parenting Channel at AnnArbor.com. In her spare time, she is finishing up her Master's thesis at Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit.

2 thoughts on “Miracle Monday: A Special Needs Child Aspires to Religious Life

  1. My friend had an abortion three years ago when she found out she was carrying a Down’s Syndrome child. It was the best thing she ever did. I have another friend with a special needs child and she wishes she could go back and save her son the pain of living. I’m so glad we have the technology these days to make sure the world isn’t full of these people who are such a burden and usually die young. Let God take them early and save the rest of us the pain of taking care of them.


  2. I’m so sorry to hear about your friend. What a burden it must be for her, to know that she ended the life of her own child! I’ve known many families whose children have Down syndrome; no doubt these children require special care, and yet their families would be the first to tell you how much joy they bring into their lives.

    All human life has meaning. All human beings have their own unique talents . . . and their own unique challenges. But EVERY child is a gift to his or her family, and to the world. In some cases, parenting such children presents real and often ongoing challenges. And yet, God gives grace to those who seek it. Abortion is never the answer. Not ever.


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