There are worlds within our world inhabited by people outside the mainstream—minorities, strangers, those labeled as different. Ignorance, fear, prejudice or perhaps arrogance keep them isolated. This can be the lived reality for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities. Yet, they too are fashioned in the image and likeness of God.
Tim Buckley, author of As You Love Your Self, Spiritual Reflections on Self-love, from his experience in communities of L’Arche and of Faith and Light, shines a gentle light on these people too often ridiculed, ignored, rejected, abused or excluded—treated as less than human. In these pages you will meet and find your heart moved by stories of people like Carla who hates mirrors, Calvin who refuses to be put down, shy, quiet Molly who stands up in front of hundreds of strangers and proclaims the truth that sets us free.
As you take a step into the world of people with intellectual and developmental disabilities be prepared to have the way you see, and the way you act, changed. Let their wisdom about what truly matters in life lead you to become freer, more loving, more deeply human.