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Finding new meaning in Thanksgiving

Sr. Constance Veit, l.s.p. Thanksgiving will soon be upon us with its cornucopia of beloved traditions — from pilgrim scenes to turkey, pumpkin pie, parades and football. Today, however, the warm, nostalgic sentiments once associated with this holiday have been overshadowed by our 21st century indictment of the first Thanksgiving as a regrettable example of colonialism and the oppression of ind...
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Jesus is waiting for you in the chapel … really!

by Sr Constance Veit, l.s.p. When I was a kid I was fascinated by magnets. I loved to watch the little magnetic skaters glide across a mirror in our family’s Christmas village at the flip of a switch, and I enjoyed doing science experiments with magnets and iron shavings in school. Much later I was struck by a comparison Pope Saint John Paul II made between the Eucharist and the force of a magn...
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Saint Jeanne Jugan finds her place among Breton saints

La Vallée des Saints, as it is called in French, is located in Carnoët, a small village of about 700 inhabitants located in central Brittany. Conceived in 2008 as a cultural and historic project, the Valley saw the installation of the first group of enormous granite statues in 2010. The hundredth statue was inaugurated in 2018. The site’s creators envision the installation of 1,000 statues ove...
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Are you a Nurse who is Catholic, or are you a Catholic Nurse?

from our Little Sisters in Philadelphia XXI World Congress of Catholic Nurses in Doylestown, PA August 2-4, 2022 Are you a Nurse who is Catholic, or are you a Catholic Nurse? A wonderful opportunity for nurses from around the world to tackle the challenge of this question by coming together for spiritual nourishment, education, and mutual moral support was being offered in the U.S. for the first...
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Celebrating the fruits borne by all ages

At our Home in Washington DC the World Day for Grandparents and the Elderly was well prepared and very well celebrated, with an afternoon of family visits and entertainment provided by a talented family and a local magician. For several weeks a group of nursing care Residents created artwork reflecting the themes of "still bearing fruit" and "still fresh and green," although shades of purple se...
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After a century, still bearing fruit

from our Little Sisters in Kansas City Speaking of “still bearing fruit,” we would like to introduce you to one of our Residents, Frances. She moved into the Jeanne Jugan Center last year at 100 years old. She has since celebrated another birthday, and is a lovely addition to our family. She is very much an active participant in the life of our home - she goes to parties, joins in activities, c...
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Missionary disciples bear fruit, even in old age

from our Little Sisters in Louisville “In view of their baptism,” says our Holy Father Pope Francis in Evangelii Gaudium, “all the members of the people of God have become missionary disciples” (cf. Mt. 28:19), and in Christus Vivit # 239 we are told, “Even those who are most frail…can be missionaries in their own way, for goodness can always be shared….” So it was that some of the Residents of...
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A season of enduring fruitfulness

Sr Constance Veit, l.s.p. With the Supreme Court’s overturning of Roe v Wade, June 24, 2022, will no doubt be remembered as an historic day by pro-life advocates the world over. I have to admit that my thoughts were elsewhere that day — focused on life’s last stage — as my family bid farewell to a beloved uncle, our family patriarch. As I tried to catch up on the news the day after his funer...
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Let’s get creative in honoring our elders!

Sr Constance Veit, lsp As a Little Sister I don’t usually follow pop culture trends, but something in the music world recently caught my attention. Last May the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the world’s largest music competition, was crowned. Ukraine triumphed over forty other countries with a unique song combining rap, hip-hop and traditional folk music. It was wonderful to...
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Soldier, Sister, Centenarian!

Little Sister of the Poor who died at the age of 102 was a heroine of D-Day The quiet religious sister was an American soldier during the Second World War and participated in the 1944 Normandy landings. The daily life of the Little Sisters of the Poor —“poor among the poor” as their foundress Jeanne Jugan used to say—is focused on serving others, all with the greatest discretion. And these...
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