Home / blogPage 3

Archives

Are you ready to be a child again?

By Sister Constance Veit, l.s.p. This time of year always brings me back to my childhood. With fond nostalgia, I remember the pinecone turkeys we made in Girl Scouts, the pilgrim costumes my mother painstakingly sewed and the necklaces made of painted pasta that my sisters and I managed to pull apart, scattering raw macaroni all over the back seat of the car, on our way to grandmother’s house f...
Read More

Jeanne of Cancale

Each of us has a story. Each one is a unique work of art, “created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance.” These words, based on St. Paul’s letter to the Ephesians, wonderfully describe our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan. She began life at a difficult moment in history, with very few gifts, resources or possibilities according to the standards of the world. But with wh...
Read More

Be not afraid, we’re all in this together

By Sister Constance Veit, l.s.p. Each October we observe Respect Life Month in dioceses around the United States. This year’s theme is “Be Not Afraid,” but of what, or whom, are we supposed to not be afraid? Pondering this question, I recalled an experience I had while attending the Convocation of Catholic Leaders in Orlando last summer. I met a young woman and her mother from my diocese. Th...
Read More

Grandparents say their role has never been more crucial than today 

By Sarah Mac Donald , Catholic News Service  KNOCK, Ireland (CNS) – Catherine Wiley, 71-year-old grandmother of 10, believes the role of grandparents has never been more crucial than today. “Today we are faced with considerations that our parents and grandparents could never ever have imagined,” Wiley told more than 5,000 grandparents at the national shrine in Knock. At a Sept. 10 Mas...
Read More

Superman’s Cape and the Virgin’s Mantle

Superman has his red power cape. Elijah wore a cape to manifest his divine authority. Most famously, the Virgin Mary is usually portrayed wearing a cape-like garment known as a mantle, often blue and sometimes adorned with stars, to highlight her extraordinary role in history. In the Church’s oldest Marian prayer we say, “Beneath your mantle we take refuge, O Mother of God.” Medieval artists of...
Read More

The Divine Hospitality

A Conference Given to the Little Sisters of the Poor on 25 July 2017 The mystery of the divine hospitality shines on the pages of Sacred Scripture from beginning to end. Salvation history is, in effect, the revelation of the divine hospitality. The God, who “in the beginning created heaven and earth” (Gen 1:1) already reveals himself as the divine host. In French, as you know, the word “hôt...
Read More

Improve Your Quality of Life By Healing from Isolation

by Jane Sandwood Improve Your Quality of Life By Healing from Isolation Abiding by love is the greatest joy in life, yet for the elderly, it can be challenging to find love in all things as day-to-day living becomes more demanding. In order to actively promote an overall healthy, happy lifestyle at every age, we must always remember to be grateful for what we have and to pray for the healing...
Read More

From one precious, vulnerable life to another

Our Little Sisters in the Bronx just shared this touching pro-life story with us! Mylyn, one of our nursing assistants, is expecting her third child (and third daughter). It has been beautiful to see how our Residents have adopted this little one. Even Residents with advanced dementia recognize the new life taking shape in Mylyn’s womb, and they all love her already. Our Residents and staff rec...
Read More

Spring into Service: My Experiences in San Francisco

by Abby Santora First Impressions The Little Sisters of the Poor welcomed me to St Anne's home a few weeks ago for their Spring into Service summer program for young women. In the short time I have been here at Saint Anne's I have been struck by the overwhelming presence of God that is here. It seems so easy to find Him in the shortest of conversations and in all of the joys and sorrows of daily...
Read More

We are not old fools: we are grandfathers!

from Pope Francis' homily to cardinals June 27: “When Abraham was called, he was more or less our age,” Pope Francis said to the elder statesmen of the Church. “He was going to retire, to go into retirement for some rest – he started out at that age.” “An old man,” the Pope continued, “with the weight of old age, old age that brings pain, illness – but [God said to him], as if he were a ...
Read More
Top