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Great Expectations and Silver Linings

Sr Constance Veit, l.s.p. May and June are usually full of celebrations, from Mother’s Day and first Communions to proms, graduations and weddings. These events are rich in meaning for individuals and families, representing personal accomplishments and obstacles overcome, the investment of effort and resources, intergenerational bonds and the hopes and aspirations of the young. Milestones li...
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Reflecting on the meaning of work with St. Joseph

May 1 is the feast day in honor of St. Joseph the Worker. This year, this feast takes on special significance here in the Diocese of Green Bay since we are celebrating a special year of prayer in honor of St. Joseph. Many people are praying the diocesan prayer and the Litany to St. Joseph at home, especially appropriate since part of our diocesan effort is dedicated to St. Joseph as pillar and pro...
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Christian faith and hope are meant for times such as these

by Sr. Constance Veit, l.s.p. One of my favorite hymns is a recent addition to our Easter repertoire, Three Days. It begins with an expression of despair — “Three days our world was broken; the Lord of life lay dead,” but then builds to a triumphant conclusion: “Though still Christ’s body suffers, pierced daily by the sword, yet death has no dominion: the risen Christ is Lord!” As the death ...
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My Simeon and Anna

by Sr Constance Veit During the month of February my thoughts naturally turn to two of my favorite Biblical figures, Simeon and Anna. Simeon is described in St. Luke’s Gospel simply as “a man in Jerusalem,” and Anna as an eighty-four year old “prophetess.” These two elders greet Mary and Joseph as they bring their newborn infant to the Temple in Jerusalem to present him to the Lord. We cele...
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Marching for Life 2020

Last week our communities in Washington, DC, Baltimore and Richmond participated in the annual March for Lifer activities, including the Vigil for Life at the Basilica Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, the Youth Rally and Mass at the Capital One Arena and the March itself. In addition, our home in DC also welcomed groups of young people from Green Bay, WI and Iowa. The day before the March w...
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Doing It Their Way

Many of our homes have initiated the Music and Memories program, which helps to being life and joy into the lives of the elderly through their favorite music. An elder care employee has done something similar in Edinburgh, Scotland. Jamie Lee Morley and one of the seniors he cares for, Margaret Mackie, have made a recording of Frank Sinatra's My Way and are raising money for the Alzheimer's...
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An Early Christmas Present

    As most of us were busy preparing for Christmas last December a small group of Little Sisters and Residents, led by Mother General María, had the thrill of a lifetime. On December 5thMother General, four Little Sisters and five Residents from our homes in Rome and Marino, Italy, had a private audience with Pope Francis! The audience had been requested several months in advance so th...
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SLS20: JOY=Jesus+Old+Young

Once again this year at the FOCUS conference we invited participants to write their prayer intentions on our paper rosary beads and to come and pray with us each day during the lunch break. We met lots of great new people and renewed a bunch of friendships too! Check out our photos below.
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Staying Young at Heart As We Age

or, How to Age without Growing Old By Sister Constance Veit, LSP When writing I generally try to reach as broad an audience as possible, but, as we begin this new year, I’d like to address myself to those who feel they are growing old. “Aren’t we all growing old?” you might wonder. Well, yes and no! Although Pope Francis often expresses his esteem and appreciation for the elderly, he als...
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Great Advice the Week Before Christmas: How to Love Your Adult Children Really Well

Some very helpful advice from a blogger named Deb Wolf. I’m not a perfect parent. I’ve always known that, but for a long time, I thought, at least, I was perfect for my children. I don’t know if that’s true either. But… One thing I do know to be true. I love them. With all my heart. I love them. Not perfectly, but completely. Always have. Always will. I don’t give much par...
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