Portrait Series of Kids With Down Syndrome

We know, from the Lord Jesus Himself, that unless we become like children, we will be unable to enter the Kingdom of God. And we know from St. Paul the Apostle that God does not choose the wise and the mighty, but rather He chooses the weak, “so that no flesh shall glory in His presence.” It follows that if want to be like Him, we too will choose the weak. As St. John Chrysostom says,

If you ever wish to associate with someone, make sure that you do not give your attention to those who enjoy health and wealth and fame as the world sees it, but take care of those in affliction, . . . in critical circumstances, . . . who are utterly deserted and enjoy no consolation. Put a high value on associating with these, for from them you shall receive much profit, . . . and you will do all to the glory of God. God Himself has said, ‘I am the Father of orphans and the protector of widows.(Psalms 67:6)’” (Paul Harkin, ed. Ancient Christian Writers: St. John Chrysostom’s Baptismal Instructions, 6.12, pp. 97-98 )

Our society, for the most part, would not affirm this. They can now identify many conditions of unborn children, including down syndrome, and doctors typically tell the parent-to-be that they have the option to abort. The following sites bring to life the beauty and vitality of children with down syndrome. They also are gifts from God. Not that raising them will be easy. But is that the goal to be aiming for?

The photographer is Laura Kilgus. Her site:

9Ten Photography; photos by Laura Kilgus

Also featuring the pictures:

Huffpost Parents: Joyful Photo Series Shows Kids With Down Syndrome Loving Life

The Mighty: Portrait Series of Kids With Down Syndrome Spreads Contagious Joy 

LifeNews.com: This Portrait Series of Kids With Down Syndrome Will Put a Smile on Your Face

Of course, children with down syndrome grow up. And they can achieve:

Student with Down Syndrome accepted to college:

 

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