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Scenes from the Convocation of Catholic Leaders

The Convocation of Catholic Leaders took place July 1-4 in Orlando, Florida. Two Little Sisters participated in this unprecedented encounter of U.S. bishops with lay leaders, one as a representative of the Council of Major Superiors of Women Religious, and the other as a panelist on the elderly. It was quite an event! We're happy to share some scenes from the Convocation.
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The Litany of Humility, a prayer for our time

There is Great Strength in Humility Praying the Litany of Humility has completely changed my perspective. Marge Fenelon  Lately, I’ve taken to saying the Litany of Humility. It was recommended to me by a priest-friend as part of my spiritual exercises. I must admit that I balked at first. Me? In need of more humility? You’re kidding, right? I’m often told that I’m a very humble person ...
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“Do you want to offer yourselves to God?”

Pope Francis spoke beautifully encouraging words to the sick following the canonization of Francisco and Jacinta Marto in Fatima on May 13... Dear brothers and sisters who are sick, As I said in the homily, the Lord always goes before us.  Whenever we experience a cross, he has already been there ahead of us.  In his passion, he took upon himself all our suffering.  Jesus knows the meaning o...
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Pope Francis Did It Again (yup, he told young people to talk to their grandparents, again!)

From Pope Francis' words to young people on Palm Sunday... There is something I want to stress. We are in the present. At my age, we are about to go leave . . . no? [He laughs] Who guarantees life? No one. Your age has the future before it. To young people today, to young people life asks for a mission, the Church asks them for a mission, and I would like to give you this mission: go back and t...
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Every person is worthy of our giving

A short reflection related to our Holy Father's Lenten theme, The Lord is a gift; other persons are a gift: “Every person is worthy of our giving. Not for their physical appearance, their abilities, … but rather because they are God’s handiwork ... God created that person in his image, and he or she reflects something of God’s glory. Every human being is the object of God’s infinite tendern...
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Pope Francis greets the sick

Sunday afternoon, March 12, 2017, the Holy Father made a pastoral visit to the parish of Santa Maddalena di Canossa, in the Ottavia suburb of Rome. His greeting to the sick follows: I thank you for being here; I promise to pray for you. And I also want to say to you simply that sickness is a cross – you know it – but the cross is a seed of life, and by bearing it well one can give so much l...
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YOUTH&AGED hits the road to enlist prayer warriors for life

This week we set off on the road to bring the message of YOUTH&AGED for Life to our homes in the New York area. We have met wonderful young people, and not so young people, who are eager to join us in praying for the Culture of Life. The photos below are from Queens of Peace Residence, Queens Village, NY and Jeanne Jugan Residence in the Bronx. In Queens we welcomed nearly 100 students from Ke...
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Praying for the Nation

Six of us set out early on a misty, foggy D.C. morning, tickets in hand, to attend the National Prayer Service for the 58th Presidential Inauguration. We were honored to receive an invitation to this event by Mr. Joseph Cella, founder of the National Catholic Prayer Breakfast and chief liaison for Catholic Affairs to the Trump campaign. Concerned that we might run into roadblocks due to yes...
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MLK Day: Civil Rights and the Right to Life

We had a great morning with students from the Catholic University of America and President and Mrs. Garvey, who joined us for a service day honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Referencing the words of Dr. Alveda King, Martin Luther King’s niece and a staunch pro-life advocate, we chose to spend the morning working on a pro-life project in preparation for next week’s annual March for life. In numer...
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What If Every Home for the Elderly Became a House of Prayer?

This is the question with which Janis Clarke, consecrated virgin, evangelist and our good friend began our most recent YOUTH&AGED for life meeting at our home in Washington, DC on Saturday, January 14. In attendance were a good group of our Residents, members of our Hospitality Club (young Catholic women in high school and junior high), a beautiful family with six young children, a group of Le...
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