Welcome Series Prayer

August 19, 2011
Blessed Are the Poor

The poor are blessed by you.
They are precious in your sight.
Lord, give me the inspiration
To open my heart
to the needs of the poor,
To open my eyes
to the state of the oppressed,
To open my ears
to the cry of the suffering.
Help me, Lord,
to open my life to the plight
of those who are precious
in your sight.
Amen.
By Fr. Patrick Sayles, SSC

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A Special Place for Special Children

The Manuel Duato Special Needs School is one of the longest-running Columban programs in Peru, having been established over 34 years ago to serve the most vulnerable of the nation’s economically disadvantaged citizens. Today, over 500 students with developmental disabilities and hearing impairments attend the school, which is located in one of the most impoverished sections of Lima. Here, families crowd together to live in small shanties built into the mountainside—a very difficult place to raise children, especially those with special needs. The school provides a safe learning environment free of charge for the children and a brief respite from 24-hour-a-day care for their parents.

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