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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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Little Sisters making their perpetual vows

Little Sisters Of The Poor

December 2016 

On the 8th of December, the feast day of the Immaculate Conception, it is the tradition for the Little Sisters of the Poor to renew their vows of Chastity, Poverty, Obedience and Hospitality. As many people are taken up by material things we are privileged every year at the beginning of Advent to take time to pray and reflect on the importance and meaning of our Consecrated Life. Our vows open us up to other dimensions.

We can all reflect on the words of Pope Francis from his Angelus talk on the first Sunday of Advent.

Advent is an invitation to “sobriety, to not be dominated by the things of this world” but rather to keep them in their proper place. If, on the other hand, we allow ourselves to be overpowered by a concern for material things, we will not be able to perceive what is much more important: our final encounter with the Lord. And so, the Pope said, Advent is “an invitation to vigilance, because, not knowing when He will come, we must always be ready to depart.”

 

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