Mentally Disabled People Visit the Pope

Mentally Disabled People Visit the Pope September 5, 2015

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Photo Source: Wikimedia Commons by Agência Brasil, a public Brazilian news agency.
Their website states: “Todo o conteúdo deste site está publicado sob a Licença Creative Commons Atribuição 3.0 Brasil exceto quando especificado em contrário e nos conteúdos replicados de outras fontes.” (English translation: All content on this website is published under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Brazil License unless specified otherwise and content replicated from other sources.)

Our black-shoed pope: Love him.


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2 responses to “Mentally Disabled People Visit the Pope”

  1. I was a therapeutic recreation director at a facility for people with physical and developmental disabilities. In order to make a living wage in this field you have to move into management or administration, and when you do that you get buried under regulations and paperwork. These things are necessary to protect vulnerable populations.
    My favorite part of the job was reading Dr. Seuss stories to people who could barely, or not at all, respond. I’d walk back and forth gesticulating wildly, reciting “Green Eggs and Ham” or some other classic, and when one of these kids managed a faint smile or an actual giggle, I thought to myself, “There’s no other place I’d rather be.”
    Believe me, this doesn’t come naturally to me. I’m not an outgoing person, but these forgotten brothers and sisters brought out the best in me.
    Jesus could have blessed them or healed them. All I can do is try make their day a little more pleasant.
    Pope Francis, with the weight of the world on his shoulders, does his best to recognize everyone he meets as Jesus.
    This, of course, for some, is far too simplistic.
    Simplicity. If it’s good enough for Jesus, it’s good enough for us.