The Pope did not forget us!
I watched and was hanging on his every word. We don't need to be Catholic to see Pope Francis as one of the world's great spiritual leaders, reformers and advocates.
This was not necessarily directed at the disability community but includes us.
Pope Francis offered compassionately and eloquently the following to all of us, in Washington, DC. today;
" Together with our fellow citizens, American Catholics are committed to building a society, which is totally tolerant and inclusive, to safeguarding the rights of individuals and communities and to rejecting every form of injustice and discrimination."
The following are other quotes by Pope Francis that he calls us to live by as we serve the least of the least in our community - our children with disabilities.
"Each of us has a vision of good and of evil. We have to encourage people to move towards what they think is good... Everyone has his own idea of good and evil and must choose to follow the good and fight evil as he conceives them. That would be enough to make the world a better place."
"We all have the duty to do good."
"Among us, who is above must be in service of the others. This doesn't mean we have to wash each other's feet every day, but we must help one another."
"We need to get to know each other, listen to each other and improve our knowledge of the world around us."
"...in your school you take part in various activities that habituate you not to shut yourselves in on yourselves or in your small world, but to be open to others, especially to the poorest and neediest, to work to improve the world in which we live. Be men and women with others and for others, real champions in the service of others."