To laugh is to… love!

I’ve been working for nearly 7 years at a hotel in the little resort of Wells next the Sea. Among the housekeepers, I’m the one who’s been there the longest. I’m also the oldest one. There are days when it’s a real slog trying to make the beds, clean the bathrooms, prepare the tea trays […]

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Life in a little village

A little village in England, two sisters, one Indian and one Polish ; one pilgrimage, two shrines, one Anglican, one Catholic…that is the daily life of our little sisters in Walsingham. With a smile Surprises and unexpected events happen in everyone’s life. When l.sr. Dorinha asked me to go to England as part of my renewal, […]

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Thanks to Spinach…

The Holy Spirit had asked me to go to Northern Ireland. Then, after 15 years, asked me to go to England. I travelled by boat, crossing the Irish Sea for 8 hours to reach England. Since moving to London, I’ve been discovering “new worlds”. The community has been present here for over 30 years on […]

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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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Something that opened heaven for us…

Eyes shine, misted over with tears at the sight of a tiny infant…The infant in question is Jesus, born 2000 years ago, and still present in a handicraft stand at a fair, and in the hearts of those who contemplate him. A humble little stand, but it drew admiration and astonishment: We have worked many […]

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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 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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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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