Rejoice in bleak times

The 19th-century English poet Christina Rossetti had never heard of COVID-19, climate change or many of the woes that beset us in the bleak midwinter of 2020.

Young people, talk to your grandparents

For many young Catholics, the defining moment of the summer took place in Poland, where Pope Francis joined over a million teens and young adults for World Youth Day. At the very end of this celebration of faith, Pope Francis told young people that the best way to prepare for the next World Youth Day is to spend time talking to their grandparents.

St. Jeanne Jugan ‘walked the talk’ on mercy

During this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has encouraged us to practice the corporal and spiritual works of mercy with new enthusiasm. A member of my community recently noted how blessed we are as Little Sisters of the Poor to have multiple opportunities each day to practice mercy, serving meals to the elderly, bathing and dressing those who need assistance, comforting those who are sad or lonely, keeping vigil with the elderly who are dying and accompanying them all the way to the grave.

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