Justice, Peace & the Integrity of Creation

Resources for Lent 2017

Resources for Lent 2017

Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2017 Pope Francis’ Message for Lent 2017 focuses on the parable of Lazarus and the rich man. Its title is The Word is a Gift. Other Persons are a Gift and you can find the full text here. Our Province offers these Reflections on Pope Francis Message for Lent 2017 to encourage members of the Sacred Heart Family to reflect on Pope Francis’ Message in the light of core elements of our spirituality, and the calls, or major directions, identified by General Chapter 2016. Links to Resources Catholic Religious Australia provides links to a wide range of resources for Lent 2017 on this page. Here

17 January Reflection Quote

17 January Reflection Quote

Sixteen years after Patricia Garcia de Quevedo RSCJ made this statement, General Chapter 2016 also experienced a call to make formation for justice and peace a priority. – what does an option for the poor mean to you? – how can we shape ourselves and others to better understand the demands of justice, peace and the integrity of creation? – what kind of education can best serve people and communities experiencing disadvantage and exclusion?

Psalm 8 & Laudato Si’

Psalm 8 & Laudato Si’

Rita Carroll RSCJ offers this visual reflection on Psalm 8 and Pope Francis’ Laudato Si’. Download a PDF version: laudato-si-psalm-8.   “At the end, we will find ourselves face to face with the infinite beauty of God, and be able to read with admiration and happiness the mystery of the universe, which with us will share in unending plenitude.”  Laudato Si’ O Lord, our Lord, your greatness is seen in all the world! Your praise reaches up to the heavens; it is sung by children and babies. You are safe and secure from all your enemies; you stop anyone who opposes you. Psalm 8 Contemplating the nature of space and time

Laudato Si’ Prayer Resource

Laudato Si’ Prayer Resource

This Laudato Si’ prayer resource by Rita Carroll RSCJ engages all of our senses.  It provides a variety of ways of reflecting on Pope Francis’ message of integral ecology in Laudato Si’.  It can be used for personal prayer or for community prayer or in retreat activities for students. Download the Laudato Si’ Prayer Resource here:

St Bakhita Day 8 February

St Bakhita Day 8 February

8 February – the Feast of St Josephine Bakhita – will be a day of prayer and reflection on human trafficking.  St Josephine Bakhita experienced kidnapping and slavery in both Sudan and Italy. Following her delivery to freedom she dedicated her life to sharing her story and to supporting the poor and suffering. She eventually became a Canossian Sister, living a life of prayer and service for fifty years. She died on 8 February 1947 and was canonized in 2000. St Bakhita Feast Day Resources Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans has prepared this reflection sheet to help communities, classes and groups to mark the day.  You may find

Advent Inspiration from ANZRATH

Advent Inspiration from ANZRATH

During Advent we wait in hope for the birth of the Christ child.  This Inspirational People of 2015 Advent Calendar helps us to count down the days.  Each day another story of an inspirational person is revealed. These stories of people taking action against trafficking in persons remind us that we are not powerless.  The Calendar is the work of Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans (ANZRATH). Aotearoa New Zealand Religious Against Trafficking in Humans raises awareness of human trafficking, its causes and of the scope for local action.  ANZRATH collaborates with other organizations in New Zealand, the Asia Pacific region, and around the world, to advocate for measures

Vigil for Asylum Seekers Action

Vigil for Asylum Seekers Action

Sr Joan Pender RSCJ, Provincial of the Society of the Sacred Heart in Australia and New Zealand, will join a number of Australia’s religious leaders in Canberra on Thursday, 15 October.  They will meet with politicians to express their concern about the plight of asylum seekers throughout the world, and especially their ongoing concern for those detained  by Australia in off-shore detention centres. Prayer Vigil 6 pm 12 October To support this important interfaith initiative, a prayer vigil will be held at Mary MacKillop Chapel at 6.00 pm on 12 October. We pray that the minds and hearts of politicians, and of all Australians, will be touched by the plight of asylum seekers who are

Welcoming Migrants & Refugees

Welcoming Migrants & Refugees

The Catholic Church in Australia celebrates Migrant & Refugee Sunday on the last Sunday in August.  The message of Bishop Vincent Long, Delegate for the Australian Catholic Migrant and Refugee Office, for this occasion can be read here. Esmey Herscovitch RSCJ marks Migrant & Refugee Sunday 2015 by reflecting on the readings for the day.  She asks “Where are our hearts?”   The one thing I remember from a talk many years ago on the new code of Canon Law i.e. Church law, is that laws are made to protect peoples’ rights and freedoms and not to bind and constrict. Today’s readings focus to a large extent on law and observance. The first reading from

Laudato Si!

Laudato Si!

Pope Francis’ much anticipated encyclical on the environment has arrived!  Lauadto Si – On the Care of Our Common Home – takes its title from the famous canticle of St Francis of Assisi. Like Pope Francis, the Society of the Sacred Heart has recognized the ecological crisis as a major priority. The first chapter of Laudato Si contemplates what is happening to our common home, the earth. Chapter 2 presents a Biblical vision of creation, and Chapter 6 stresses the potential of Christian spirituality to motivate and support appropriate responses.  These are excellent chapters to take into our prayer as we begin to consider the analysis and directions for action