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.
Pope Francis in his invitation to live this Jubilee Year of Mercy encouraged us to allow God to surprise us. He said that God never tires of casting open the doors of his heart and of repeating that he loves us and wants to share his love with us. We are called above all to be a credible witness to mercy, professing it and living it as the core of the revelation of Jesus Christ. It is a spring that will never run dry, no matter how many people draw from it. Every time someone is in need, he or she can approach it, because the mercy of God never ends.
As Little Sisters of the Poor, together with all those who live their faith, we have the privilege to participate in the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. We wish to witness to the Word of God and show tenderness, compassion and comfort to the Residents who are cared for in our Homes. In this way we receive more than we give. We want to repeat confidently without end: “Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old” (Ps 25:6).
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