A post on titusonenine highlighted for me the need to truly see people, as I blogged below.
Oxford Crown Court was told the mother-of-four had pleaded for help nine years earlier after struggling to cope with her 36-year-old son. The court heard he would repeatedly punch himself in the head, and scream and shout throughout the night.
Markcrow was charged with murder but pleaded guilty to manslaughter at an earlier hearing. Yesterday, she was given a two-year suspended sentence. The court was told Markcrow wrote requests for help after her 16-stone Downs Syndrome son developed autism and insomnia in the mid-1990’s.
He punched himself repeatedly in the face so hard he lost eyesight in one eye, and would sleep only two hours a night, spending the rest of the time in his bedroom shouting.
For my youth-working brothers and sisters, check out this article on working with families with disabled kids.
Lord, give us your eyes to truly see the people in our path each day; give us hearts sensitive to their needs both temporal and eternal; and, Lord, strengthen us as a Body catholic to take action in your name to bring aid to those who live ‘lives of quiet desperation’ because we have not seen their need, nor heard their pleas for help. Forgive us, Lord, for those times where we have not seen, have not taken action, have not brought you the glory you deserve; help us to be your Body in strength and wisdom. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.