Behold: five minutes of exquisite humility and grace

I found this deeply moving: a short video about Our Lady of the Stars, a small community of young men in France with Down Syndrome.

I was unable to find more about this group online.  Does anyone know more?

UPDATE: A couple readers found a link to their website.  Check it out.

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  1. I found this and put it into Google Translate:

    http://www.fndle.org/

  2. Here’s their website (in French) with a summary in English: http://www.fndle.org/ What a grace-filled way of life!

  3. Here’s a translation of the page:

    In a word: the association of the “Friends of the Our Lady of the Star Fraternities” was created in 2010 by lay people of the parish of Chatillon-sur-Indre, and supported by Fr. Thierry Massé, parish priest. This association seeks to make possible for young men with trisomy to live in fraternity with willing welcoming families, to grow humanly and spiritually. Times of work, times of relaxation and times of prayer provide the rhythm of the fraternity’s days, thanks to the help of benefactors. Explanations follow in images and music:
    (The video follows: The FNDLE day to day)
    Those wishing to discover more in depth about the association will find below foundational texts which will let you understand our objectives better.
    (Links follow to two documents: a letter from their bishop, and then their statutes.)

  4. Thanks so much for posting this. It got about 3 minutes in to them serving at Mass and seeing their outward signs of reverence it just moved me to tears.

    Many down syndrome babies are killed in the womb and this video shows young men with this disability giving glory to God just by being.

    Simply beautiful.

    I posted on it and linked to you. I hope others will push this video along so it goes viral.

  5. Irish Spectre says:

    You have an equisite sense of the beautiful, Deacon Kandra; please accept my gratitude for your willingess to share it with your readers.

    In the fictional novel The Clowns of God, by Morris West, Jesus comes back to earth, and some people think it’s Him while some don’t. At one point, Jesus is at a school for children with Down syndrome, and He is holding a little girl. Jesus says: “I know what you are thinking. You need a sign. What better one could I give but to make this little one whole and new? I could do it, but I will not. I am the Lord and not a conjurer. I gave this mite a gift I denied to all of you — eternal innocence. To you she looks imperfect — but to me she is flawless, like the bud that dies unopened or the fledgling that falls from the nest to be devoured by ants. She will never offend me, as all of you have done. She will never pervert or destroy the work of my Father’s hands. She is necessary to you. She will evoke the kindness that will keep you human. Her infirmity will prompt you to gratitude for your own good fortune… More! She will remind you every day that I am who I am, that my ways are not yours, and that the smallest dust mite whirled in the darkest spaces does not fall out of my hand… I have chosen you. You have not chosen me. This little one is my sign to you. Treasure her!”

    “I don’t know what God is doing. He knows.
    We do not understand, but of one thing I’m sure, He doesn’t make a mistake.”
    –Mother Teresa

  6. And we abort 93% of them in this nation.

    God have mercy on us.

    Thanks for this stunningly beautiful video!

  7. I often wonder what holds back the hand of God’s wrath for many of us these days, now I have an answer. Please God, that they will include me in their prayer!

  8. What an inspiring video – a good counterbalance to the recent media stories indicating that in Denmark, they are predicting that there will be no one left with Down’s Syndrome within the next couple of decades (due to abortion).

  9. It’s Our Lady of the Star, not stars… And the site says that one of the supporters (sponsors?) is the Foundation Jerome Lejuene. Dr. L, if you are not familiar with him, is the geneticist who discovered the cause of Down Syndrome. He was a huge pro-life figure, which is especially impressive in such a secular culture as France, and the cause for his sainthood was opened a couple of years ago.

  10. Beautiful! Thanks for this!

    And many thanks to Servant of God Jerome Lejeune for prayers answered. Please pray for his canonization! Our country needs his intercession now!

  11. pagansister says:

    Truly a warm and loving place for those folks who give love so willingly.

  12. So, there are places in the world where we can get easily hell’s enviroment- read today’s second reading in the Office. Must of us, nevertheless, live in the purgatory of oblivion. But these people have always been living in the heaven, alleluia!

  13. Lars-Erik Karlsson says:

    I have read about something similar. It is a small, franciscan – if I remember it right! – community in France dedicated to Our Lady. The members are three young men with Downs syndrome. More I cannot remember by now, I haven’t access to the article there I read it, sad to say…

  14. Javier H. von Sydow says:

    Irish Spectre, how beautiful what you have posted! It moved me to tears. Thank you so much for having shared it with everyone. I will post this site in my FB account.

  15. Jo Cunningham says:

    Thank you for finding this! My son is 15 years old with Down syndrome. When he was little and learning to read (we home school through Kolbe Academy), I used the National Catholic Primer. The book seemed to basically have 4 days of simple moral tales and stories of animals and nature. On the 5th day was a simple religious lesson. Despite that lesson being a bit more difficult to read, he seemed to just explode in skill on that day, reading words I know he never learned before and he only had sight reading finding phonics too hard. Finally after a month or two of this, I asked him how he new so many hard words and could read so easily when he had stumbled on the easier cat story the day before. His answer, “My angel help.” These are very special people, believe me.

  16. Jo Cunningham says:

    pardon my typos – I type too fast!

  17. Jo, that is a beautiful story about your son. “My angel help.” Precious! I am a mother of a child w/DS also. I know what you mean!

  18. There is also a religious community for women with Down syndrome in France:
    http://exlaodicea.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/little-sisters-disciples-of-the-lamb/

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