Chelsea Zimmerman’s “Reflections of a Paralytic”

This is the personal blog of an articulate young lady, a member of the Roman Catholic Church, who, in her own words, is “constantly striving to deepen my faith and strengthen my relationship with Christ and the Church.”

That’s a great goal. She goes on to explain in her page “About Me” how she was involved in a car accident in which she was paralyzed from the chest down. She writes,

 I have a beautiful, blessed life, but not a day goes by that I don’t face some new challenge or limitation.

And so , in her weblog, she reflects on life, in a very serious and earnest way. Her thoughts are worth consideration.

Were an Orthodox Christian in a similar situation to create a weblog like Chelsea’s, it would be a very valuable contribution to an Orthodox Christian understanding of disability, in terms of helping the Church understand how persons with disabilities can contribute, which is a greater goal than  expressing  how the Church can help.

This would be a vision of the abilities that attend disabilities, and how they are in danger of being wasted if all people can see are the disabilites.


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