Thursday, November 29


Really Cool

Il Grande John Paul once called those with Down Syndrome icons of innocence in our world--a moving and, I think, accurate description--a spirituality of mental illness in our materialistic, production-frenzied world.

In that vein, several years ago, an angel in a Dutch painting depicting the Birth of Christ was identified as having been modelled upon a child with Down Syndrome:

[They] identified a 16th-century Flemish Nativity painting in which one angelic figure appears distinctly different from other individuals in the painting with an appearance of Down syndrome. . . . This may be one of the earliest European representations of Down syndrome.
See the painting and read more

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