Home / blog

Archives

Jeanne Jugan, the Shepherdess

The following reflection was written by Lynne Keating, an apartment Resident at our home in Newark, Delaware, for the occasion of Saint Jeanne Jugan's 229th birthday, October 25, 2021. THE SHEPHERDESS On October 25, 1792,  Jeanne Jugan was born in France during the French Revolution. It was a time when the whole world seemed to be  suffering from violence, poverty & c...
Read More

Little Sisters in DC celebrate 150th anniversary with Cardinal Gregory

from the Catholic Standard Cardinal Wilton Gregory celebrated a Mass on Aug. 14, 2021 to mark the 150thanniversary of the arrival in Washington, D.C., of the Little Sisters of the Poor, an order whose service to the elderly poor in the nation’s capital began just after the Civil War and continues in the digital age. “Arriving here in the United States 150 years ago from Franc...
Read More

I found a treasure in a field

By Sr. Constance Veit, l.s.p. In our mid-summer weekday Masses, we read a series of parables from the Gospel of St. Matthew. These stories were perfect for summer with their portrayal of Jesus and his disciples by the sea and their images of farmers laboring in their fields. One of these parables really caught my attention this summer. “The Kingdom of heaven is like a treasure buried in a fi...
Read More

Even better than Christmas in July

by Sr Constance Veit, l.s.p. I hope you’re ready for Christmas — Christmas in July that is! I always assumed that this rather cheeky celebration was created in our homes for the elderly as way of helping us temporarily escape the heat of summer. But it has a significant history and a worldwide following! Christmas in July was the brainchild of Fannie Holt, founder of a North Carolina summer ...
Read More

What I learned from the very hungry caterpillar

by Sr. Constance Veit, l.s.p. In my vocation as a Little Sister of the Poor I am involved in several different aspects of our mission of hospitality to the elderly. One of my favorite things is organizing creative activities for our residents, so I’m always looking for new art projects they might enjoy. Recently I became intrigued with collage as an artistic medium. After watching a few onli...
Read More

What I learned from the cherry blossoms

by Sister Constance Veit, LSP Nothing speaks of spring more than blossoms in March and April. Since moving to Washington several years ago, I’ve become fascinated by the cherry blossoms that blanket Washington’s urban landscape in clouds of pink and white. Each year I try to organize special activities to help our elderly residents participate in our city’s annual Cherry Blossom Festival....
Read More

In tough times go to Joseph

  This month, we Little Sisters and our Residents and staff will observe two major COVID milestones. On March 11 we will have been in lockdown for a full year and on March 19 we will finish the vaccination process at our residence in Washington, DC, with a compliance rate of nearly 100 percent among those who live and work here. As I got my second vaccine, I was almost ecsta...
Read More

The elderly are featured in Christmas ads once again

European Christmas ads often seem to feature the elderly. Why do you think so many creative people choose seniors as the subjects of their Christmas ads? https://youtube.com/watch?v=Fz1q8NWbExc&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1wLEZq-sXuoDH5YTzr8b1Ne82971WdLAHLaNDjFhb0MFQ8-si6XN8DOWo https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vTjtgualL9E&feature=share&fbclid=IwAR1u4c1XXSGyxeIlgWDlFeUNB8B98657il...
Read More

Let’s make it a D.I.Y., family and Christ-centered Christmas!

by Sr Constance Veit, l.s.p. Obviously Christmas is going to be different this year due to COVID-19. For those suffering in any way from the multiple effects of the pandemic it will be a somber and perhaps mournful season. For many of us, however, this could be our best Christmas ever. This year we have every reason to skip the frantic shopping rounds and awkward gatherings that often cause us ...
Read More

Finding Reasons to Give Thanks: Our Elders Show Us How

by Sr Constance Veit, l.s.p. An unexpected headline in the New York Timesrecently caught my eye: “A Disrupted Thanksgiving Leaves the Turkey Business Guessing.” The article that followed discussed a question that is, according to the author, on the tip of everyone’s tongue — “Just how many whole turkeys will Americans cook this year for a holiday whose wings have been clipped by the pandemic?”...
Read More
Top