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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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Anxious and worried about many things as Christmas approaches?

Text of our Advent video series, week 4 Christmas is fast approaching and things are getting hectic — so much to do and so little time! A couple of weeks ago we reflected on the joyful encounter between Mary and Elizabeth; today let’s look at another pair of Biblical women, Martha and Mary. Depending on which translation of St. Luke’s Gospel you read, Martha was distracted, anxious, worried and...
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Christmas brings out the kid inside us all!

Just received this photo from Philadelphia, but it could be from any of our homes. Christmas brings out the kid in all of us. People are really wonderful to us during the Christmas season, bringing so much joy to the Residents! Hello friends, Yesterday was so much fun! Our residents enjoyed a 30 piece jazz band and choral group from LaSalle high school followed by a visit from Santa, who rea...
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Scrooge, Grinch and Saint Jeanne Jugan

Text of our Advent video series, week 3 I’d like to share another one of Pope Francis' stories with you: Once there was “an old grandfather who got dirty while eating because he couldn't easily bring the spoonful of soup to his mouth. And his son, that is, the father of the family, had decided to move him from the dinner table and set up a little table in the kitchen to eat alone, so he coul...
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