Sister Teresita Abraham developed the Garden of Oneness (pictured above), a sanctuary of peace and harmony where she lives and works. 

Sister Teresita Abraham, PBVM, is a Presentation sister from India and now lives in rural Zambia. She talks about a Christmas custom that started when the Presentation congregation was established and continues on today. 

Sister Teresita's congregation was founded on Christmas Eve, Dec. 24, 1775, by Nano Nagle, who customarily celebrated this day by inviting 50 poor children to a Christmas dinner. She waited on them at table and helped them "as their menial servant." To her, they represented the "Great Patron of the Poor," who on Christmas came into the world, not to be ministered unto, but to minister.

The annals of the first Presentation House say of this custom, "Since [Nano Nagle's] death it has been carefully kept up in this monastery, and it is to be faithfully adhered to while ever the community shall have existence."

"Today, my congregation continues to hold this holy ritual in a variety of ways, because we believe God comes to us through children of every being, especially the lowliest and least of all that lives." - Sister Teresita​

Please tell us about a Christmas custom that's meaningful to you!

We're delighted to bring you this excerpt from the monthly feature "The Life,, courtesy of our friends at Global Sisters Report. This month, "The Life" focuses on Christmas customs of sisters from around the world. Read the full article here