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A saint for Down Syndrome
New York Post, by William McGurn

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Posted By:MissMolly, 4/26/2014 2:04:26 PM

Twenty years ago in Paris, Dr. Jerome Lejeune died of lung cancer. Lejeune was the French geneticist whose breakthrough came in 1958, when he discovered the extra chromosome on the 21st pair that causes Down syndrome. Though he never did find the cure he spent the rest of his years looking for, his patients taught him something those who look at Trisomy 21 exclusively as a medical condition often miss: the great joy these trusting little souls bring into our world. Joy is a timely message. This Sunday in Rome, two popes who brought joy to the faces of society’s weakest and

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: MeiDei, 4/26/2014 2:38:17 PM     (No. 9825790)

Many, many thanks for posting this. The last paragraph sums it up for me. The poor, the sick, elderly & disabled will always be with us and I don´t believe we´re put on this earth to make it harder for them - but to give us an opportunity to please our Maker ... the reward of which is multiplied back to us.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: jlw509, 4/26/2014 3:18:58 PM     (No. 9825828)

The more you get to know about Dr. Jerome Lejeune, the more you realize the beautiful paradox of a man rich with all the gifts of "human development" --- intelligence, education, physical vigor, drive, curiosity and even a striking handsomeness and charm --- rushing to the passionate defense of babies born and unborn, bearing the "human development" challenge known as Down Syndrome.

He shows what the gifts of a strong man are for: to help the weak.

He shows what a wealth of intelligence is for: to enrich the dignity of those whose minds are slow, and whose hearts are precious.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Rumblehog, 4/26/2014 3:34:21 PM     (No. 9825845)

I´ve never seen, or met a Down Syndrome person who wasn´t a joy to be with. Friendly, positive, laughing, always looking at the bright side of life.
Often, our first feeling is that they should be upset with their condition. That they should be upset they can´t do the things others can do, etc. However, they don´t look at life like that. They´re just so happy to be able to do a job and be appreciated for it.
I recall seeing a yound D.S. girl at a McDonalds where she was cleaning tables with a big smile on her face; so proud. It humbled me to see that. It made me angry with myself for whining about my job. That young girl brought me down a much needed notch, or three.

On occassionally I teach an older D.S. girl who comes to my Sunday School class. She is very wonderful. While this human condition is unfortunate, they´re truly a blessing to all of us. They show us that life can be "simpler" if we want it to be, and that we can be happy in this world, if we want to be.

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Reply 4 - Posted by: No Representation in CA, 4/26/2014 3:35:30 PM     (No. 9825846)

I once shared a hospital room with a woman with Down syndrome. She was a delightful person with a terrific sense of humor and fun. Being in the hospital sux, but we laughed and laughed about things you might not usually find funny. I really missed her when she left and being with her was one of the most revelatory experiences I´ve ever had. I have a real soft spot for these sweet people and am appalled that so many of them aren´t even allowed to be born.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: shamrock, 4/26/2014 4:10:54 PM     (No. 9825878)

A DS young man is a bagger at the store I shop at, he is amazing. Not only does he remember that I´ve been there before but he insists on taking my groceries to my car. When I tell him I can do it he says, "It´s my job to make people happy", and I assure him that indeed he does.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: pearlyjo, 4/26/2014 11:56:08 PM     (No. 9826247)

I had the privilege of meeting Dr. Lejeune many years ago at a pro-life conference. He was truly a gentle person.

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