Prayers & other Thoughts
Beatitudes for Persons With Special Needs
Since 1987, the Office of Disability Services & Ministries of Cleveland Catholic Charities has used this prayer to begin its meetings. It is prayed with persons with disabilities to remind us of our commonality and our God-given differences that enliven the church with a diversity of ministries and possibilities. Persons with disabilities teach us new ways to understand the human person and to understand the love of the God of all of us.
The Any Way Prayer
Being a care giver or an advocate can be difficult & often frustrating. At those times it’s always good to stop to consider why we do what we do. This is a great prayer about dedication and staying focused.
The 10 Commandments of Creating Community
Kathie Snow has written a simple 10-point list to encourage people to move away from categories and move more and more into their community.
Some Mothers Get Babies With Something More
This was submitted by a person to express the expectations of a mother as she expects a baby. It is a nice meditation on the blessing of receiving a gift you didn’t quite expect.
“Welcome to Holland” by Emily Perl Kingsley
What is it like to have a child with disabilities born into your family?
There is a “death experience” that one encounters. There is a loss of certain hopes and dreams but also the possibilities of new dreams if one can see past the lost hopes. This piece reminds us to not spend a lifetime mourning what might have been, but to look at a loss as an opportunity for discovering something very different, but perhaps also equally or more, wonderful.