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Who is Jeanne Jugan?

Jeanne Jugan is the foundress and first Little Sister of the Poor. She was beatified by Pope John Paul II on October 3, 1982 and canonized by Pope Benedict XVI on October 11, 2009.

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In the Light of Faith Alleluia!  ‘Christ the Lord is risen today!’  This hymn sung at churches throughout Christendom at Easter is so familiar and the concept of the Resurrection is one to which we are so accustomed, perhaps we do not give it serious thought any more.  Yet if we pause, if we are confronted by doubters, would we be able to defend our faith in Christ rising from the dead?

The accusation is often levelled at Christians that we ‘follow blindly’, we do not think for ourselves, but merely accept our Church’s teaching.  While it is true that we do try to accept the teaching of our Church, I don’t think we follow blindly.  What we do, of course, is follow somewhat in the dark.  As St Paul said, “for now we see through a glass darkly…” (1Cor.13:12).  That really is all we can do.  That is what ‘faith’ means.  Believing without scientific proof.  The proof we have is the Word of our Lord in the Gospels.  He said he would rise again: even His enemies, the Pharisees, after the death of Christ, said to Pilate, “Sir, we remember that while he was still alive that deceiver said, ‘After three days I will rise again’.”  (Mt 27:63).  Christ Himself made many promises to His disciples that this would happen.  

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