The Word Among Us

Lent 2016 Issue

The Silent Saint

The Witness of Jeanne Jugan’s Humility

By: Jim Cavnar

The Silent Saint: The Witness of Jeanne Jugan’s Humility by Jim Cavnar

On October 11, 2009, Pope Benedict XVI canonized a nineteenth-century French nun by the name of Jeanne Jugan. I for one took no notice. In the news of the day, I read of the canonization of Damien of Molokai but completely overlooked this second new saint. How fitting, as it turned out.

A year later, a theologian friend commented that one of the greatest examples of humility and holiness she knew of was Jeanne Jugan. If I...

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