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Apostolic Nuncio, friend of Saint Jeanne Jugan

Apostolic Nuncio: ‘St. Jeanne Jugan’s Charism Carries on Today’ The Little Sisters of the Poor are esteemed by Archbishop Christophe Pierre, who hails from the same village as the order’s foundress. Robert Brennan SAN PEDRO, Calif. — Many Americans are only aware of the Little Sisters of the Poor because of the religious order’s fight against government-mandated contraception. But this Au...
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The soul of man is the candle of God

On Thursday, May 24, a group of us were honored to attend the annual Becket Fund Canterbury Medal Gala in New York city. Through the Canterbury Medal, which is Becket's highest honor, each year Becket recognizes an individual who has demonstrated courage and commitment to defending religious liberty for people of all faiths. This year Becket awarded the Medal to Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Orth...
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Congratulations to a Resident Novelist!

Margaret Nogan has filled several roles in her life: small-town girl, Women’s Army Corps member, world traveler, wife, mother, real estate agent, amateur poet and grandmother. She’s writing a new chapter of her story at 91 years old, starting with the publication of her first novel, romance-thriller “Stranger in My World.” The novel follows New York City reporter Linda O’Connor, wh...
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Preparing for Divine Mercy Sunday

I pray that you are experiencing the joy and hope of Easter! For Saint Jeanne Jugan the Cross was part of daily life. The Breton countryside was dotted with roadside Calvaries, and she often stopped to pray at these simple shrines during her begging rounds. I’ve shared how she made the Stations of the Cross every day, telling the novices who accompanied her that “We are grafted into the ...
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Lenten Series Week 5: Our Common Response to Suffering

Suffering should draw us together. Today I will reflect on what Saint John Paul II referred to as suffering’s challenge to communion and solidarity. This theme has great relevance to end of life care, and to current debate over assisted suicide and euthanasia. Let me begin with a story. Nearly 20 years ago, a Little Sister and I had the privilege of interviewing Helen Alvaré, a true giant in...
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Mary of the Cross: Lent Week 3

Week 3 video text I’d like to begin with a testimony from one of our elderly Residents. Mary reminds me of the prophetess Anna; for as long as she was able she used to walk down the street with her walker and spend hours in the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception. Now in a wheelchair, she is content to spend long moments of prayer in our chapel. I told her that I was preparing so...
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Mary of the Cross: Lent Week 2

Week 2 video text Last week I introduced our theme, “Mary of the Cross, accompanying those who suffer.” Our goal is to become enlightened bearers of the cross in our own lives and compassionate sharers in the sufferings of others. In light of the Little Sisters’ apostolate with the elderly, I would like to concentrate on the suffering associated with illness and disability. Throughout thi...
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Mary of the Cross: Lent Week 1

Mary of the Cross Week 1 Video text Human suffering is one of life’s great questions, and it’s been on my mind a lot in the past few years as I’ve followed the debate over assisted suicide. The story of a terminally ill young woman who chose to take her life particularly caught my attention. Her name was Brittany Maynard, she was dying of a brain tumor and she was the poster child of ...
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World Day of the Sick: Let’s get organized for Love

Getting organized for love By Sister Constance Veit, l.s.p. I began the new year with 8,000 college students at the Student Leadership Summit (SLS18) of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS). It was an inspiring event that enabled us Little Sisters to engage with hundreds of enthusiastic young people on fire for their Catholic faith. As exciting as the whole event was, th...
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Our good friend Sister Regina Gorman speaks out on our behalf in San Diego newspaper

from  the San Diego Union-Tribune, January 17, 2018 A new year has begun, and yet the struggle of American nuns to serve the poor without government harassment persists. This time, the harassment comes at the state level thanks to a recent lawsuit filed by California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, who is trying to force the U.S. government to fine the Little Sisters of the Poor. To make ma...
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