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World Autism Day

Today is world autism day. Like most of you, my family doesn’t do anything special for this day. Unlike many, this is because, for us, every day is autism day. When both of your kids have the disorder, it kind of takes over your life. But anyway, for those who want to mark the day, I thought I’d share a link to a very beautiful column at Beliefnet, called Ring of Silence. It’s written by the grandparent of a kid with autism. For those who don’t want to follow the link, I copied my favorite part below:

Parents are pained by their inability to reach an autistic child; he’s only a few feet away, at the other end of the sofa, but might as well be circling the dark reaches of space. But he is known by God. He is transparent to the light of God, who shines through us all, who understands us and our children, and everyone we know, and everyone we don’t. Only in him will we one day love each other the way we want to, the way he already does. St. Paul writes, "Then I shall understand fully, even as I have been fully understood" (1 Corinthians 13:12). We have been fully understood, even the least explicable among us, and one day we will rest in tranquil full communion.