SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
U.S. Director of Communications, Little Sisters of the Poor
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.
October 18, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
For American Catholics, October is Respect Life Month, and this year’s theme is “Christ Our Hope: In Every Season of Life.”
In his letter introducing this theme, Archbishop Joseph Naumann, chairman of the USCCB Committee on Pro-Life Activities, suggests that although attacks against human life seem to be growing more numerous and more callous by the day, “through our Christian hope in the Resurrection, we are given the grace to persevere in faith.”
September 20, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
During a recent Catholic conference, I saw a Scripture quote on a poster that read: “Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who calls you to account for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and reverence . . . ” (1 Peter 3:15-16).
August 2, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
For the past year, we Little Sisters of the Poor have been celebrating the 150th anniversary of our congregation’s arrival in the United States.
Our sesquicentennial year will officially close on Aug. 30, the feast day of our foundress, Saint Jeanne Jugan. This anniversary has been a wonderful opportunity to rediscover the experiences of our pioneering Little Sisters and to become acquainted with the many people who helped them.
June 21, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
My fondest memories of summer are the times spent with my favorite aunt at her cottage nestled in the Adirondack Mountains. As a middle school teacher, she had a gift for relating to kids in a way very different from parents, like a wise friend or a trusted confidante. My aunt patiently taught us how to knit and sew; she listened to our stories and nurtured our dreams as if each niece or nephew were the only one.
May 17, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
During the month of May, we thank God for our mothers and all we have received from them. It’s also good to remember the other women who have played an important role in our lives, from grandmothers and aunts to teachers, coaches and mentors of all kinds.
But it’s also wonderful to rejoice that as women, we all have a life-long vocation to motherhood, whether physical or spiritual.
February 1, 2019 | By SISTER CONSTANCE CAROLYN VEIT
Have you ever received an unexpected message from a friend, maybe a text message or a voice mail that made your day, or even led you to change your outlook on life? This happened to me last month, in the middle of SEEK 2019, the annual conference of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS).
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