The Little Sisters live the Gospel within a sisterly apostolic community. There is a deep unity between their mission, their community life and the Eucharist.
With "an ear glued to the Gospel and the other one to life" (Mgr Angelelli) , they ponder over events together and recognize. the signs of the Spirit in them.
In their prayer, they present to God the cries of the poor, intercede with them and give thanks for what they go through, testifying thereby the kingdom of God:
"Faith? Lord of Heaven and Earth!
I thank you because you have shown to the unlearned what you have hidden
from the wise and learned..."
Matthew 11. 25
As a true Assumptionist, Etienne Pernet was haunted by the idea of extending the Reign of God.
"You will go everywhere, because every-where
there are the sick and the poor and souls to be saved. The Little Sister
is a missionary. She is so all the more since she must live in the midst
of the poor!"
In 1877, "the departure for Creil (60 km from
Paris) was a great event for the Congregation. It was the first group of
Sisters going to live at a considerable distance from the mother house
and the chosen missionaries were regarded with almost as much veneration
as if they had been going for a mission to the Indies."
Mother Mary of Jesus
Their apostolic activities, which vary from country
to country, are carried out among people who are impoverished:
"There are no foreign Little Sisters, you all
belong to the same family."
The family spirit embraces relatives, friends, colleagues, volunteers and all those who are linked to the Little Sisters in one way or another. Consecrated laywomen, members of the Association Our Lady of the Assumption (AOLA), share the Little Sisters charism.
The "Family of the Assumption" brings together five congregations that
are inspired by the same passion for the Kingdom of God: