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Scrooge, Grinch and Saint Jeanne Jugan

Text of our Advent video series, week 3 I’d like to share another one of Pope Francis' stories with you: Once there was “an old grandfather who got dirty while eating because he couldn't easily bring the spoonful of soup to his mouth. And his son, that is, the father of the family, had decided to move him from the dinner table and set up a little table in the kitchen to eat alone, so he coul...
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Visit an Elder (without waiting to be asked!)

Text of our Advent video series, Week 2 I’d like to begin with a story I heard from Pope Francis. “I remember, when I was visiting a retirement home, I spoke with each person and I frequently heard this: ‘How are you? And your children? Well, well. How many do you have? Many. And do they come to visit you? Oh sure, yes, … they come. When was the last time they came?’ I remember an elderl...
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Warm Hearts with Your Presence!

Text of our Advent video series, Week 1 In this year’s Advent series, entitled WARM HEARTS WITH YOUR PRESENCE, we’ll be looking at the issue of loneliness, especially as it affects the elderly, and at ways we can reach out to seniors during the holiday season. I know Advent doesn’t officially start until Sunday, but the Christmas rush began with Black Friday, so we might as well get started! ...
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Try a Little Tenderness This Advent

by Sr. Constance Veit, l.s.p. TED is a media organization that posts online talks under the slogan "ideas worth spreading." Earlier this year Pope Francis surprised the world by digitally giving his own TED Talk at the organization’s annual conference in Vancouver. In his nearly twenty-minute talk, our Holy Father challenged his listeners to ignite a much-needed revolution of tenderness in our ...
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Two Young Women Honor Saint Jeanne Jugan

Two young woman have recently honored Saint Jeanne Jugan. Jane, from Virginia, chose our foundress as her Confirmation patron and name; and Madelyn, from Maryland, did her "Living Saints Museum" project on Jeanne Jugan! God bless them both!
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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...
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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...
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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...
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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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