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our call to love

“Our call to love impels us to do all that we can in order that those around us also find their place and role in the Church, the Body of Christ, the Ark of salvation, including those one might deem ‘less honorable [and] unpresentable. . . . On the contrary, the parts of the body which are weaker are indispensable [and are given] greater honor . . . that the members may have the same care for one another'” (1 Cor. 12:22-25).

from St John Chrysostom and the Socialization of Persons with Developmental Disability: Patristic Inspiration for Contemporary Application, by William Gall

picture from Body Life, by Tom Hilpert

Arms Open Wide

“Our call to love impels us to do all that we can in order that those around us also find their place and role in the Church, the Body of Christ, the Ark of salvation, including those one might deem ‘less honorable [and] unpresentable. . . . On the contrary, the parts of the body which are weaker are indispensable [and are given] greater honor . . . that the members may have the same care for one another'” (1 Cor. 12:22-25).

from “St. John Chrysostom and the Socialization of Persons with Developmental Disability: Patristic Inspiration for Contemporary Application” (RESOURCES, Orthodox Christian Writings)

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Restoring Hope in Romania

International Orthodox Christian Charities is providing training to 114 Romanian leaders from the Church and the community at large to enable them to help those in crisis, including people with disabilities, such as Teofil, an artist. Read his story and view his portrait of Christ:

IOCC: The Art of Restoring Hope

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Interview with Jean Vanier

Jean-Vanier-3From UCOBSERVER: Faith, Justice, and Ethical Living

An Online Interview, 3 pages; to access:

The Canadian philosopher and founder of the L’Arche community for people with intellectual disabilities talks about faith, disability and God’s tenderness for humanity

By Alicia von Stamwitz

An excerpt:

Q You’ve lived alongside people with intellectual disabilities for nearly 50 years now. What have they taught you about God?

A There is a mystery behind people with disabilities. I find that in many ways, they are a presence of Jesus. We see their fragility, their pain — and yet at the same time, we can say that they speak of God. As we enter into relationship with them, they change us.  

I spent a year living in community with a man named Andrew. One day, he went to see a cardiologist. When he came back, I asked him what had happened. He said, “The doctor looked into my heart.” I said, “Well, what did he see in your heart?” Andrew said, “He saw Jesus, of course.” Then I said to him, “What does Jesus do in your heart?” And Andrew said, “Jesus rests there.” In French, the phrase is “Il se repose” — the sense is “He takes his quietness there.” (the interview continues) . . . .

picture from Storied Community: Learning the Jesus Way of Life Together – Jean Vanier’s “Seven Aspects of Love”

the Al-Fulk Community in Minia, upper Egypt

Along the Nile River

the Al-Fulk Community in Minia, upper Egypt:

A residential community in Egypt for people with developmental disabilities. At one time they also operated a workshop where they made candles, but had to close amidst the waves of violence.

A year old report amidst the chaos and persecution in Egypt:

L’Arche Canada: Egypt – News from Al Fulk community, August 2013

Update: Feb. 2014

Contact information:

L’Arche Al-Fulk
The Catholic diocese
48 Taha Hosine st.
El Minia
Egypt

picture from tourist trip to Egypt


T. +20867650309
F. +20867650310

Fighting the Good Fight with Faith and Humility

The Holy Prophet Jeremiah

The Holy Prophet Jeremiah

A Facebook Page: Fighting the Good Fight with Faith and Humility

by Kathyrn Kessler, an Orthodox Christian with Crohn’s Disease

Heal me, O Lord, and I shall be healed; save me, and I shall be saved: for Thou art my praise.

Jeremiah17:14


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