down syndrome children, and us
By Diogenes ( articles ) | Oct 22, 2009
Every child with Down syndrome, every adult with special needs -- in fact, every unwanted unborn child, every person who is poor, weak, abandoned, or homeless -- is an icon of God’s face and a vessel of his love. How we treat these persons -- whether we revere them and welcome them or throw them away in distaste -- shows what we really believe about human dignity, both as individuals and as a nation.
The American Jesuit scholar Father John Courtney Murray once said that “Anyone who really believes in God must set God, and the truth of God, above all other considerations.” Here’s what that means. Catholic public officials who take God seriously cannot support laws that attack human dignity without lying to themselves, misleading others, and abusing the faith of their fellow Catholics. Catholic doctors who take God seriously cannot do procedures, prescribe drugs, or support health policies that attack the sanctity of unborn children or the elderly, or that undermine the dignity of human sexuality and the family. And Catholic citizens who take God seriously cannot claim to love their Church and then ignore her counsel on vital public issues that shape our nation’s life. God will demand an accounting. As individuals, we can claim to be or believe whatever we want. But God knows our hearts better than we do. If we don’t conform our hearts and actions to the faith we claim to believe, we’re simply fooling ourselves.
Spoken like a pastor of souls.
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