SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
U.S. Director of Communications, Little Sisters of the Poor
May 20, 2022 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Many years ago, I watched an older woman making Ukrainian Easter eggs at an international crafts fair. The complex process, intricate patterns and bright colors fascinated me, so I purchased a kit and spent time during Lent trying to master the traditional art of “Pysanky,” as the eggs are called.
February 4, 2022 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Soon after he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, Pope St. John Paul II initiated the celebration of World Day of the Sick to show solidarity with the ill and their caregivers, and to encourage the faithful to pray for them. Thirty years later we still celebrate this special day each year on Feb. 11.
November 5, 2021 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
I do a lot of outreach to the young on behalf of my religious congregation, so I try to be aware of trends in vocations work and the common traits of emerging generations.
October 15, 2021 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Pope Francis’ environmental encyclical, ‘Laudato Si,’ has generated a great buzz.
I have to admit that I haven’t always taken enough interest in ecological issues, assuming that doing so would somehow compromise my dedication to the frail seniors with whom we share our lives as Little Sisters of the Poor.
August 20, 2021 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
In our mid-summer weekday Masses, we read a series of parables from the Gospel of St. Matthew. These stories were perfect for summer with their portrayal of Jesus and his disciples by the sea and their images of farmers laboring in their fields.
May 21, 2021 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
I’m almost afraid to say it, but it appears that things are slowly beginning to return to normal in our homes for the elderly around the country.
We recently celebrated Mother’s Day with a loosening of COVID-related restrictions, allowing families to hug their loved ones, hold extended conversations without a window of separation, enjoy a snack together and even take their elderly loved one home for a few hours — all things that used to be taken for granted, but which have been prohibited since the onset of COVID.
April 16, 2021 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Last month, we Little Sisters, our residents and staff observed two major COVID milestones.
As of March 11 we had been in lockdown for a full year, and on March 19 we finished the vaccination process at our residence in Washington, D.C., with a compliance rate of nearly 100 percent among those who live and work here.
February 5, 2021 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
One of my favorite expressions has taken on new meaning during the COVID pandemic: “There’s a silver lining to every cloud that sails about the heavens if only we could see it.”
December 18, 2020 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Christmas is going to be different this year.
It will be a somber and perhaps mournful season, for those suffering from the multiple effects of the pandemic.
November 20, 2020 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
An unexpected headline in the New York Times recently caught my eye: “A Disrupted Thanksgiving Leaves the Turkey Business Guessing.”
The article that followed discussed a question that is, according to the author, on the tip of everyone’s tongue — “Just how many whole turkeys will Americans cook this year for a holiday whose wings have been clipped by the pandemic?”
August 21, 2020 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Summer is usually a lot of fun in our homes. The elderly enjoy getting outdoors for picnics, gardening and community outings, especially when they include a stop for ice cream.
May 15, 2020 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
One of my favorite hymns is a recent addition to our Easter repertoire, Three Days. It begins with an expression of despair — “Three days our world was broken; the Lord of life lay dead,” but then builds to a triumphant conclusion: “Though still Christ’s body suffers, pierced daily by the sword, yet death has no dominion: the risen Christ is Lord!”
April 17, 2020 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Several years ago, a summer heat wave of historic proportions settled over Europe, leading to the death of over 14,000 people in France alone. Many of the victims were elderly citizens who were left behind in major cities as their families and neighbors enjoyed their summer holidays far from the country’s urban areas.
December 20, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
I had just begun my initiation to religious life when a very kind Little Sister offered to share with me the secret to joy.
Of course, I wanted to know the secret, I responded!
JOY, she confided, is a matter of putting Jesus first, Other people second and Yourself last.
November 15, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Pope Francis named John Henry Cardinal Newman a Catholic saint last month. Newman was a contemporary of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan, and probably knew our early communities in England. He grew up and was educated in the Church of England, and for many years flourished as a prominent Anglican preacher and intellectual before converting to Catholicism in 1845.
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