St. Jeanne Jugan

The more the humility, the better the littleness!

Jeanne Jugan grew up in a small town in revolutionary France, in 1792. Times were tough as violence ruled during those days. For thousands, begging was a way of life. Those who openly practiced their faith were not merely ridiculed but they were imprisoned or killed. Jeanne received her faith formation secretly and at great risk, from her mother and a group of women who belonged to a lay movement. Later, she went to work as a kitchen maid for a wealthy family. Continue reading


A Cheerful Giver

Give and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap; for with the measure you give will be the measure you get back. (Luke 6:38)

A few years ago, I attended a retreat where I was really touched by the talk on tithing. I was pretty familiar with the concept but always wondered how I would be able to do it willingly. St Paul writes in his letter to the Corinthians that

God loves a cheerful giver; (2 Cor 9:7)

but putting this into practice meant letting go of part of my monthly salary, something that was pretty hard to do. Continue reading