When a blind, paralyzed, elderly widow needed a place to live, Jeanne Jugan gave up her own bed so that the woman could have a comfortable place to sleep during her last years on earth.
What began as a small community of a few single women taking in poor strangers in rural France in the early 1800s became an order now known as the Little Sisters of the Poor.
The Little Sisters carry on the work of their founder, who was canonized by Pope Benedict XVI in 2009. The Little Sisters’ mission is “to offer the neediest elderly of every race and religion a home where they will be welcomed as Christ, cared for as family and accompanied with dignity until God calls them to himself.”
Read more about the Little Sister of the Poor and their Witness to Freedom.
Memorial of Saint Aloysius Gonzaga
First Reading: 2 Kings 19:9b-11, 14-21, 31-35a, 36
Responsorial: Psalm 48:2-3ab, 3cd-4, 10-11
Gospel: Matthew 7:6, 12-14