Photo By Orf3us (Own work) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
Our Mission Statement and Objectives
The Mission of St. Thorlak aims to
understand, recognize, address and prevent
letting people with autism
lead us on our way:
- To make people aware of their humanity: their human need to be known and loved
- To make people aware that these are also the immediate needs of those around them
- To make people aware that these needs spring from God's thirst to be known and loved
- To make people aware that resisting these needs limits their experience of God
- To teach people to see how God sees them, and how God sees those around them
- To encourage people to live as God sees them
- To teach people to gently encourage others to live as God sees them ~
First, by the example of their own lives;
then, by friendship to them;
then, by words.
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We are a MISSION: We want to send people out, starting with ourselves, with purpose.
Understanding spiritual starvation allows us to know why this Mission exists.
Recognizing spiritual starvation shows us where to begin our Missionary work.
Addressing spiritual starvation tells us what to do in service of God.
Preventing spiritual starvation tells us what to do in service of others.
“Spiritual starvation,” for the purposes of this Mission, refers to disconnection from others, and ultimately, from God.
“Letting people with autism lead us on our way” speaks to the fact that we draw inspiration from the ways
in which people with autism experience the world and live their lives.
We look to them to show us the needs of the human heart
and help us teach everyone these fundamental skills
of spiritual fulfillment through connecting with others.
We aim to develop a method similar to social skills programs,
only focusing on spiritual skills,
and opening this to everyone, not just people with ASD
(since the needs of the human heart apply to everyone, not just people with ASD).
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Saint Thorlak, Patron of Autism, Pray for Us!
The following poem was written by a sophomore in high school with high functioning autism. It serves to inspire all that we do.