Catherine’s Pascha: Wheelchairs and Sidewalks

The following blog post conveys one mother’s experience in regard to her daughter’s difficulties with negotiating sidewalks in her wheelchair. To access:

Catherine’s Pascha: Wheelchairs and Sidewalks

This mother also wrote a picture book for children: Catherine’s Pascha, which illustrates a girl’s experience of Orthodox Christian Pascha, which is an expression, a celebration, of the great joy and deep gratitude of Orthodox Christians that our Lord Jesus Christ has risen from the dead and granted us eternal life. (Some Christian communities call this Easter.)

Here are some reviews and a trailer:


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3 Responses to “Catherine’s Pascha: Wheelchairs and Sidewalks”

  1. 1 danaamesd November 20, 2015 at 2:44 PM

    Thank you for highlighting these resources on your blog. Some long-forgotten link led me here, and I read regularly because I need to develop compassion. I also have a nephew on the autism spectrum, and the relevant articles and links have been helpful for me.

    I am the only Orthodox in my immediate family – chrismated Pentecost 2009. I was raised Catholic but spent +30 years in various Protestant churches and came to Orthodoxy largely because of N.T. Wright 🙂 In reading your pages, I see we have some things in common: We are close in age, I was adopted as an infant, grateful for my upbringing in a liturgical church, was a huge Schaeffer fan, and have admired Bonhoeffer and Wurmbrand.

    May God continue to help you in your work.
    In Christ-


    • 2 danaamesd November 20, 2015 at 2:53 PM

      Whoops- also wanted to ask if you had heard of St Gabrieli of Georgia. One of our Deacons and his wife are visiting their son, a teacher in an American school in Georgia, and his family, and are writing emails to our parish about their travels. Here is an excerpt:

      “Last week Tamuna (daughter-in-law, native Georgian) took us to Mtskheta to the Monastery of Samtavro where St. Gabrieli lies in the Church of the Transfiguration. St. Gabrieli is a modern saint, officially canonized by the Georgian church in 2014 when his relics were moved from his grave site to the nave of the church. He was born in the 1920’s and reposed in the ’90’s and was venerated even during his lifetime as a living saint. He was arrested in 1963 for burning a banner of Lenin during a communist parade and spent several years in soviet psych-wards. (Of course, he had to be crazy to denounce Lenin, right?) Today he is known as “a Fool for Christ” and a healer and a worker of miracles; his relics and several of his icons around Tbilisi are myrrh-streaming. When we walked into the church a service was taking place near his relics, and the church was filled with children. As we later found out, every Thursday an akathist is served to St. Gabrieli for “children with special needs.” The presence of St. Gabrieli was palpable in the church and whereas I knew very little of him before coming to Georgia I know he will be a constant presence in our lives from now on.”



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