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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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 ...
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Transatlantic networking

We recently heard from Jane, founder of Vida, a British organization dedicated to reaching out to seniors. Maybe we could learn a few things from our british friends! ... Here's an introduction taken from their website: Taking care of your elderly loved ones is easier said than done. While we agree that as children and grandchildren we can do more for the elderly, social care in the UK is ul...
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My Cup Has Overflowed

Today we had one of the most beautiful funerals we have ever seen here at our home in Washington as we bid farewell to Peggy, a longtime Resident of our home. Peggy came into our apartments many years ago, and “progressed” through the levels of care as her Parkinson’s disease worsened. The chapel was full to the brim with family, parishioners, friends, Sisters, Residents and staff. Peggy’s lit...
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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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