May 10.  When Mavis first recognized, after they had moved to the city where she had access to a pediatrician, that her little baby was blind she worried terribly how badly this would affect her life.  She soon realised that other senses of hearing and touch would have to take over in how she would be able to communicate and understand her world. “It has been a most unusual experience in many ways,” she explained.  “I have learned to talk to her all the time, about everything I see or do.   As she too was learning to talk she would ask lots of questions. ‘What do you and daddy look like, or what does this fluffy kitty look like?  What does “fluffy” mean?’”     

Reflect, share, act. Scripture.  My sheep hear my voice and I know them and they follow me. John 10:22-30. Pope Francis: If the family, in the light of faith, accepts the presence of persons with special needs, they will be able to recognize and ensure the quality and value of every human life with its proper needs, rights and opportunities.  They render the Church and society a gift and an invaluable witness. Al 47.  Every family should look to the Holy Family. Its daily life had its share of burdens and even nightmares, as when they met with Herod’s violence. Like Mary we are asked to face the family’s challenges with courage and serenity in good times and in bad and to keep in our hearts the great things which God has done. AL 30.  Pray. Mary, Mother of the afflicted, pray for us.