A common humanity

The people of Kenya are undergoing a tough economic situation. Each one has to struggle to meet their family’s daily needs. The Church is present in all of this and offers its support. Our little sisters face all this right in the middle of their neighbourhood. They share about it with passion. Umoja II (Nairobi) […]

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Letting go and moving on

Federica-Modesta left Naples some months ago in order to go to our community in Casablanca, where she will soon begin her novitiate. Before she left, her heart overflowing and her eyes full of wonder, she felt welling up inside a basic tension between memory and the path ahead. She’s certain of one thing: nothing will […]

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Dancing sheets

Between their two years of theology studies, l.srs. Monika-Anna (from Slovakia) and Justyna-Sara (from Poland) worked for two and a half months in a laundry in Germany. Their accounts alternate here, like echoes, as they recount their unusual “vacation”: My first reaction to the Munich little sisters’ offer was to say no. I couldn’t imagine […]

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A simple day

Many people live Br Charles’ intuitions: it’s what L Sr Norma from the community in Havana, Cuba discovers. « Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise… ». It’s with these words that we begin our prayer each morning, just as all kinds of noises surge surround us: the voice of the bread vendor, […]

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A few sweets…

For the past two years I’ve been working in an industrial laundry, an Austrian business located here in Bratislava (Slovakia). There are about 120 of us employees. It’s a very modern laundry, and a large part of our work involves running different machines. My job, though, involves folding by hand—bathrobes, fitted sheets, hospital gowns, etc.—to […]

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The problem is me

From the time I was very small I’ve been told I have to forgive. Today I’m discovering that forgiving is not so much a moral act as it is above all a new level of awareness. That discovery is the fruit of a process that requires me to go deep into my own self, to […]

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Gifts from the desert

For several months L.Sr. Luigina shared the daily life of the little sisters who live in a tent in Niger. It was 30 years ago, but this unique desert experience among our Muslim friends had a profound impact. That is where I received the most beautiful gift I ever got. And what was it? Just […]

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Parable of Life

Twice a week for the past year I’ve left the house at 8:30 for a long, unpredictable morning. Right in front of our door I frequently run into Bakhta and Sultan. They’re already coming back from work, which for them starts very early. A smile, a good-day wish for all three of us…and I continue […]

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Life in tandem

We are still basking in the joy of the canonization of Charles de Foucauld. Today, on the anniversary of his death, we’re celebrating his life and welcoming his message which is both still relevant and disconcerting: “be poor in everything, be brothers to the poor, friends of the poor,” because “true wealth lies in that […]

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Get up!

It has been nearly a year since I left the region of Italy and the fraternity with the Gypsies, where I lived for 10 years. I returned to Lebanon. I was happy to come back in order to share with my people the difficult reality my country has been plunged into for years now. At […]

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