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Leticia V. Patient Expert

Long Island, New York
I am an adjunct college professor of English, freelance writer, wife, and the mother of three girls ages 15,11, and 6. We homeschool during the day while I write on the computer, and on warm evenings, we ride bikes together to the beach with our two labradors. We love camping, hikes in the woods,... Full Bio
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Her favorite things; my daughter with Down syndrome rates Lady Gaga by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Christina is a young lady who knows what she wants. You'll discover that if you dare to suggest a movie or song that she doesn't want  at that particular mome ... Read on »
What have we learned in 70 Years since the Auchwitz Liberation? by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Over 70 years ago, the German government with the cooperation of doctors target a segment of the population for death based upon their genetic makeup and carry out a ... Read on »
Let Your Light Shine Before Men by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We went to Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston yesterday for my semi annual checkup. After receiving wonderful news from the surgeon who treated my ocular melan ... Read on »
Review of The American Catholic Almanac by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome The American Catholic Almanac: Daily Reader of Patriots, Saints, Rogues, and Ordinary People Who Changed the United States Image Books, NY Emily Stimpson and Brian ... Read on »
Letter from a Special Mother to the New Jersey Legislature on the Physician Assisted Suicide Bill by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Thirteen years ago as the Twin Towers crumbled to the ground, I wept, but I did not despair.  I had hope, for the future in those difficult times for I was carryi ... Read on »
The Other Ferguson by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Reading of all the violent protests in Ferguson, MO, I was wondering why the word 'Ferguson' associated with racial violence was stirring memories in my heart. . . and sudd ... Read on »
The Church is giving thanks for the lives of those with special needs by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Christina and Daddy waiting for Mom to attend Mass in Maine this summer. Mass of Thanksgiving for the Lives of People with Special Needs on EWTN Sat No ... Read on »
Book Review: Yes, God! What Ordinary Families Can Learn about Parenting from Today’s... by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome In a recent address, Pope Francis described the family as the, "primary place for education, the community of love and life in which every person learns to relate to o ... Read on »
Review of "Seven Saints for Seven Virtues" by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Jean Heimann, the author of had a wonderful Catholic mother. She modeled charity in action; she baked goodies for neighbors, nursed her sick and cranky father in ... Read on »
Why I stalked Fr. Benedict Groeschel for Three Years by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome When you are an enthusiastic Catholic and  live in the New York City area, running into Fr. Groeschel is no great accomplishment, the man had a punishing schedule for dec ... Read on »
Richard Dawkins needs a hug from my daughter with Down syndrome! by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Poor Richard Dawkins, he's a bright lad, but he just can't help stepping in it, can he? Now he's gone and insulted those of us who love our sons and daughters with D ... Read on »
Why argue about the percentage of unborn babies with Down syndrome aborted? by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Down syndrome advocate and mom Amy Truesdell Becker, recently wondered on her blog on Christianity Today why the incorrect statistic that 90% of unborn babies prenatally d ... Read on »
Living with the Unthinkable; leaving your child to die in a hot car by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome As the mother of a twelve year old girl with Down syndrome, Christina's safety has always been my primary concern, and too often my obsession .  . . . sometimes I h ... Read on »
Our children radiate the Joy of the Gospel by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I was recently reading about an upcoming conference at the Vatican entitled, "The Pastoral Project of Evangelii Gaudium” to implement the Holy Father's new apostolic exh ... Read on »
Guest Post; Preemie Prints Offers Families with Preemies Hope by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome We are an organization sharing hope and supporting tiny lives. Preemie Prints began 3 years ago with an idea. A spark, actually, from the Holy Spirit! After many praye ... Read on »
The first week of homeschooling by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome I have homeschooled my older girls, Gabbi, 20, now studying for her BSN at Franciscan University and Bella, 16 who is at Marianapolis Prepartory School. They enjoy ... Read on »
Showers of Joy by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome She looked harried when I drove up to the clubhouse of her apartment complex yesterday. The heavily pregnant woman in a parka ran back and forth, trying to find the supe ... Read on »
Novena to the Little Flower for Christina's School Placement, Day Eight by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Eighth Day Dear St. Thérèse, like you I have to die one day. I beseech you, obtain from God, by reminding Him of your own precious death, that I may have a ... Read on »
Novena to the Little Flower for Christina's School Placement, Day Seven by Leticia V. Patient Expert Posted in: Blog Posts in Down Syndrome Seventh Day O little martyr of Love, you know now even better than in the days of your pilgrimage that Love embraces all vocations; that it is Love alone wh ... Read on »