Devotion to the Heart of God

27 March Reflection Quote

27 March Reflection Quote

The vocation of Religious of the Sacred Heart is to go to the heart of life with the attitudes and feelings of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. – when you hear the expression ‘to be the Heart of God on earth’ what does it mean to you? – what would you say are the attitudes and feelings of the Heart of Jesus? – how do you express the attitudes and feelings of the Heart of Jesus in your life?

2 February Reflection Quote

2 February Reflection Quote

Mercy is a disposition of the Heart of God. When we reveal the love of the Heart of God, we are instruments of mercy. And closeness to the Heart of God draws us close to those for whom God has a special love – the forgotten and excluded. – when have you experienced God’s mercy? – in what ways might you act as an instrument of mercy? – who are the forgotten and the excluded in your local community?

8 December Reflection Quote

8 December Reflection Quote

Mercy is a quality or disposition of the Heart of God. Recognizing this quality encourages us to trust in God’s goodness, and this calls forth God’s mercy on us. – how have you experienced mercy as a quality of the Heart of God during the Year of Mercy just ended? – why might enthusiasm or zeal call forth a merciful response? – do you find it easy to trust in God’s mercy, or are you more often troubled by feelings of unworthiness?

5 December Reflection Quote

5 December Reflection Quote

The continuation of the Society of the Sacred Heart, or making it bigger, or more effective, is not our mission. We exist to help people – including ourselves – to know and respond to the love of the Heart of Jesus. – how do you understand expressions like ‘the greater glory of the Heart of Jesus’ and ‘the salvation of souls’? – do we sometimes confuse the means of pursuing mission, and what our real purpose actually is? – do you see yourself as a missionary or apostle?

26 November Reflection Quote

26 November Reflection Quote

The motto of the Society of the Sacred Heart calls us to be of one heart, mind, and spirit in the Heart of Jesus. The love of the Heart of God brings us together and holds us together. As we reflect on the words of Maria Manuela Vicente RSCJ, we can ask ourselves: – does joining with others in participating in God’s mission bring us consolation? – when have we felt most strongly a sense of union in the Heart of Jesus? – what holds our community together?

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

Enter the Heart of Jesus

Enter the Heart of Jesus

Esmey Herscovitch RSCJ reflects on entering into the Heart of Jesus. “Come to me all you who labour and are burdened and I shall give you rest. Shoulder my yoke and learn from me for I am gentle and humble of heart and you will find rest for your souls.” (Matthew 11:28-30) We are invited to come to him – to be refreshed and sustained; in entering into the Heart of Jesus we enter into the Heart of God, into the heart of the world with all its struggle and pain. We are invited to share his yoke – to be for the heart of the world the heart of