October is Respect Life Month
- Created on Wednesday, 01 October 2014 01:52
Beautiful words from Pope Francis
to accompany an unforgettable image...
If we are to share our lives with others and generously give of ourselves, we also have to realize that every person is worthy of our giving. Not for their physical appearance, their abilities, their language, their way of thinking, or for any satisfaction that we might receive, but rather because they are God’s handiwork, his creation. 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 tenderness, and he himself is present in their lives. Jesus offered his precious blood on the cross for that person. Appearances notwithstanding, every person is immensely holy and deserves our love. Consequently, if I can help at least one person to have a better life, that already justifies the offering of my life. It is a wonderful thing to be God’s faithful people. We achieve fulfillment when we break down walls and our heart is filled with faces and names! (Evangelii Gaudium, n 274)
In Honor of Our Lady of Guadalupe
- Created on Saturday, 13 September 2014 04:46
Msgr. Joachim Bazan, a Resident priest in our home in Washington, D.C., was inspired to write the following poem on the feast of Mary's birthday, September 8. He shared it with us. Thank you, Msgr. Bazan!
Our Blessed Mother kissed the face of God
When her Son was born.
His coming meant the world was changed forever.
Our Blessed Mother held heaven in her arms
When she held her Son in her hands.
In heaven the angels sang. On earth so many followed Jesus.
Yes, Our Blessed Mother kissed the face of God
When she kissed her Son
And showered Him with motherly love.
Her Son was a man like no other.
You see, her Son was the living Son of His Divine Father.
Physically He was on the earth for a short time.
He walked on earth with a mission like no other.
When Our Blessed Mother hugged and kissed her Son,
In her heart she knew hew life had been changed forever.
Because of Him, she too was special.
Yes, Our Blessed Mother held heaven in her hands
When she hugged and kissed her Son.
When He was born, died and forever in heaven.
Our Lady of Guadalupe, pray for us.
Perpetual Profession 2014
- Created on Saturday, 13 September 2014 04:12
We're a little late getting the photos posted, but on August 24 26 Little Sisters made their perpetual vows at our motherhouse, La Tour Saint Joseph, in France. Four of the Little Sisters have been assigned to the UNIted States and we eagerly await their arrival!
Creative Ways of Celebrating Saint Jeanne Jugan
- Created on Saturday, 13 September 2014 04:26
During the month of August numerous activities were planned by our activities department in Washington, D.C. to help the Residents learn more about Saint Jeanne Jugan and prepare for her feast day. Brittany-themed activities ranged from cooking to crafts to movies.
Weekly Jeanne Jugan crafts included making lavender wands and lavender water (because lavender fields are found all over France, including the cliffs overlooking Mont St. Michel where St. Jeanne worked as a shepherdess), for which we were blessed to receive a donation of fresh lavender from a farm in Washington state; Jeanne Jugan “stained glass” sun catchers and miniature beach scenes made by filling glass ornaments with sand and shells. We also colored drawings of Brittany-related themes, which were then made into a display.
In the culinary domain we baked Breton palets (butter cookies), made crêpes and enjoyed a French wine and cheese tasting party. Other activities included a “virtual” Breton dance festival (via DVD), a history lecture on Jeanne Jugan’s Brittany and a movie entitled The War of the Vendée, about the counter-revolution waged by the Catholics of the Vendée region of France (the southern region of Brittany) against the Revolutionary forces in 1793. Finally, we had a scavenger hunt which took Residents and staff all over the house studying the Jeanne Jugan exhibition and various images related to the Congregation.
The Residents and staff really enjoyed learning about Saint Jeanne Jugan and exploring creative avenues at the same time!
On the Feast of St John Eudes
- Created on Tuesday, 19 August 2014 14:51
St John Eudes is a relatively little-known saint in our country, but he was a giant in French Catholicism and quite influential in the spirituality of Saint Jeanne Jugan. Today as we celebrate his feast, we share this beautiful prayer to the sacred Heart of Jesus, the focus of Eudes' spirituality. The photo is from St. Peter's Basilica in Rome.
St. John Eudes
Hail, Heart most holy,
Hail, Heart most meek,
Hail, Heart most humble,
Hail, Heart most pure,
Hail, Heart most devout,
Hail, Heart most vigilant,
Hail, Heart most wise,
Hail, Heart most patient,
Hail, Heart most obedient,
Hail, Heart most faithful,
Hail, Heart most blessed,
Hail, Heart most merciful,
Hail, most loving heart of Jesus and Mary.
We adore you,
We praise you,
We glorify you,
We give you thanks,
We love you
With all our heart,
With all our soul,
With all our strength.
We offer you our heart,
We give it to you,
We consecrate it to you,
We sacrifice it to you,
Receive it an possess it totally,
That you may live and reign in it now and forever. Amen.