‘Special children’ can be a blessing – bishop

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SORSOGON City, April 10, 2014 – Special children are not necessarily a curse; they can be bearers of prosperity for the family or play an important future role in society, says a bishop.

Quoting John 9:3,  Sorsogon Bishop Arturo M. Bastes said, “It was neither that this man sinned, nor his parents; but it was so that the works of God might be displayed in him.”

In a recent homily at the Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral, Bastes encouraged families who are raising special kids to stop regarding them as “chastisement by God”.

“God’s works are demonstrated in children, and even adults, with physical and intellectual defect,” he added.

Front view of Saints Peter and Paul Cathedral in Sorsogon City (Photo: Oliver Samson/CBCP News)

Blind yet  “a light to others”

Determination would propel the child become a useful person and when he or she comes of age, he or she can do better things for society that could parallel the accomplishment of notable people, he said.

Bastes cited Helen Adams Keller, who was the first deaf-blind person to earn a Bachelor of Arts degree, as testament to how God works. He described her as one of the most “intellectual” deaf-blind persons who had ever lived.

Keller was tutored by another blind woman, Anne Sullivan, who became her lifetime friend and companion.

Despite her blindness, Bastes described Keller as “a light”. She was an author, lecturer and political activist. She championed women’s suffrage and labor rights. She saw light and shared it with others.

Can see yet blind

But there are people who are not blind but cannot see, Bastes said. Their faith should have grown because their eyes are open, but they refuse to see because they are “stubborn.”

There are also people who can see light, but choose to pretend not to see it, he said.

“Like a tree that does not receive light, people who refuse light do not bear fruits,” Bastes said. With light they can bear fruits. According to him, these fruits are love, justice, and truth.

Bastes said wrong-doers do their business in the dark, so that others will not see. In that sense, light will deter them from doing bad things because they will be humiliated by their own acts.

“Christ is the true Light,” Bastes said. (Oliver Samson)


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