There is a special place in heaven reserved for this boy. He’s just going to have to wait a century, or so.
(UPDATE: January 2014 — I found another link to this beautiful film which someone has subtitled into English. It is the second video below.)
If any women out there among my readers need a good cry today, please read on. Linked below is a heartwarming film about the Monastery of the Holy Ascension in Banchen, Ukraine which is about 7 kilometers from the Romanian border. The monastery has become an orphanage, hospice, and home to over 200 children. Some of the kids are profoundly disabled. Many were simply abandoned by parents who did not want them. The brothers and sisters of this community who have taken vows of celibacy, prayer, and obedience have become mothers and fathers in every sense of the word.
The abbot is Fr. Michael who started the monastery with four other monks in 1994, and you will see that he has accomplished much since then. Recently I read that Fr. Michael has been made a bishop, but he is still the abbot.
This 55-minute documentary is not in English, but it really needs no translation.
The film is titled “Forpost” (Outpost) – What the Church Can Accomplish”
This very uplifting video is an advertisement from the communication provider True Move H which is located in Thailand. The clip carries a very positive message about doing the right thing without expecting anything in return. It’s a very Christian message from an unlikely source.
This video was found on YouTube.com
A North Carolina family was dining out when their 8-year-old son, who has *special needs*, began getting loud and hitting the table. A waitress then surprised the family: “I’ll try to do this without crying,” the waitress told the family. “But another customer has paid for your bill tonight and wanted me to give you this note.”
The note read: “God only gives special children to special people.”
The mother said the kindness of the mystery diner left them both in tears.
This video is too beautiful not to share. I don’t really have much to say as I think it is self explanatory. The boy has Down Syndrome. Some would call him defective. Many would say that his mother should have aborted him. Just as many would claim that she had the civil right to do so. At one time conception was treated as a blessing, and children were seen as a gift from God. Today, unless a child is conceived at a convenient time, and it is physically perfect in every way, it may be considered less than human and disposed of as medical waste. As this video reminds us upon closing “God does not make mistakes”.
This video was found on YouTube.
A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE!!! The mystery priest who blessed and prayed with Katie Lentz has stepped forward.
This is a follow on to my earlier post concerning Katie Lentz, a 19-year old Missouri girl who barely survived a horrific car crash last Sunday morning. The media has been reporting that a mysterious priest approached the scene and asked to bless and pray with Katie during which time another crew with badly needed equipment arrived and she was freed. The priest’s identity is a mystery, and nobody knows where he came from or where he disappeared to. Some people are calling him an angel because of the calm he brought to everyone and how sure he sounded that Katie she would be saved. Katie did indeed survive, but she is now in serious condition in a nearby hospital with a large number of broken bones, a lacerated liver, and a ruptured spleen. Her legs are reported to be severely injured, and she underwent a 6-1/2 hour surgery to repair them. Doctors are telling her mother she should make a full recovery, but it will take time and she is still in need of everyone’s prayers.
Below is an interview with the policeman who responded to the call and was the first responder on the scene. He calls the accident that severely injured Katie the most horrific he has ever seen in 27-years of police work in which a person survived. He also spoke and shook hands with the priest who he described as about 60-years old with an olive complexion, and speaking in a heavy accent.
Some people are saying the unknown priest resembles the late American actor Walter Matthau, but others also see a resemblance to the late Italian priest Padre Pio who died 45-years ago, and has since been declared a saint in the Roman Catholic church. The most interesting things about him are differing descriptions from multiple witnesses who saw the same priest, and his absence from the dozens of accident scene photos taken that morning.
They were kind of like a Russian version of the Swiss Family Robinson. I read about this family nearly 25-years ago and am still amazed. There are any number of lessons that can be learned in their story of survival. In their poverty and isolation they led extremely rich lives and had everything they needed as long as they had each other. The family were Old Believers, a branch of Orthodox Christians who refused to accept church reforms instituted by Peter the Great in the 17th Century. There was severe religious persecution for 70-years in the former Soviet Union, and then there was 1937. Many ex-Soviets still recall the particularly brutal year of 1937 with horror. Who can blame them for running and staying hidden. I think that faith and family is what sustained them. The surviving daughter Agafia is still there in the Siberian taiga, alone, now in her seventies.