My time at the Little Sisters’ mission home in Gallup, New Mexico was an incredibly joyous occasion reminding me of the holiness I so desire. Even more, this experience reminded me of the intimacy with God that we as Catholic Christians are so privileged to have. I mean how great is it that Jesus so thirsts for us that He would call us to not only serve him—how blessed a call—but also to be in constant friendship with the Lord himself?
Regis University Class of 2009
It was definitely a joy to be a part of the celebration. The celebration Mass and that whole day touched my heart in a special way. To see Sister Charles Patricia Mary renew her vows was beautiful, and it was easy to see that she was so happy. It encouraged me to continue striving to listen to the Lord’s voice and to do his will. I pray that I will be able to find that happiness and joy as well. Also, to have fellowship with other young women discerning was a very special treat for me. It was wonderful to hear their stories and share with each other what God is doing in our lives. Thank you, Little Sisters of the Poor, for opening your home and hearts to us!
As Sister Charles Patricia celebrated her Jubilee I was able to witness the renewal of her vows, a beautiful testimony of her perpetual and faithful love to her Bridegroom. To share in her festivities was a great honor, and to be able to serve as the Sisters serve enabled me to share in their happiness and littleness. Jeanne Jugan, foundress of the Little Sisters of the Poor said, “My little ones, never forget that the poor are Our Lord.” This resonates in my mind as I interact with the Residents, so that I am able to find Christ in his aged children, to know that he humbles himself in the poor, making me an instrument of his love and grace.
Although I had come to serve, I felt that the Sisters were also serving me. During my stay, their genuine concern, prayers, and love in action on my behalf were more than enough to fill me with joy. Upon my departure I was overcome with emotion as I received the most beautiful sendoff … A cluster of luminous Sisters in white sang a farewell song as the car drove away from the home. I pray it will not be my last visit!
The Little Sisters’ joy is transmitted from their own hearts to the hearts of each person with whom they come in contact. I am blessed to have the Little Sisters in my life, and I praise God for their works of charity that communicate his love to his children of all ages.
University of Denver Class of 2011