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?
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?
Pope Francis’ s universal prayer intention for May is That in every country of the world, women may be honored and respected and that their essential contribution to society may be highly esteemed. Watch the Pope Video
Esmey Herscovitch RSCJ reflects on the transfiguration, and sees in it three invitations for us. How might we accept them? Reflection Surprisingly today the gospel reading (Luke 9:28-36) tells the story of the transfiguration of Jesus on the mountain, a contrast to the story of last week, that of the temptations of Jesus in the desert. The transfiguration was a moment of consolation and affirmation for Jesus in contrast to the desert experience with its moments of desolation and temptation. Jesus is said to have appeared in glory – he was radiant; perhaps thinking of newlyweds or a mother with a new baby may give us an inkling of radiance;
Pope Francis has declared an Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy. It began on 8 December 2015, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the 50th anniversary of the closing of the Second Vatican Council. It ends on 20 November 2016, the Solemnity of Christ the King. We are invited to “gaze even more attentively on mercy” and to dedicate this year to “living out in our daily lives the mercy which the Father constantly extends to all of us” (Misericordiae Vultus, n 2 & 25). This leaflet is offered to encourage participation in the Jubilee of Mercy through the practice of contemplation. The contemplative approach of the Society of the Sacred
The Fifth International Conference of Heads of Sacred Heart Schools was held in Mexico City 21-25 October 2015. The theme was Faced with the Complexity of the World, An Interior Journey. English translations of the keynote addresses are now available on the International website of the Society of the Sacred Heart here. They explore the contemplative path in today’s complex reality, looking particularly at the world of young people, and the charism of the Society of the Sacred Heart.
One of the qualities of leadership that the Province Framework for Formation for Mission seeks to foster is contemplative leadership. Province Director of Mission, Sandie Cornish reflects on Mater Admirabilis as a model of contemplative leadership, drawing on the different depictions of Mater painted by Pauline Perdrau over the years. Mater Admirabilis Model of Contemplative Leadership A collection of these paintings, collected by Margaret Phelan, the Director of General Archives of the Society of the Sacred Heart, can be viewed here.
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
“Truly, I tell you, unless the grain of wheat falls to the earth and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much fruit.” John 12: 24 What might it mean for us to fall to the earth and die? St Paul literally fell off his high horse and landed on the earth. This event on the road to Damascus marked the death of Saul and the beginning of the new life of Paul. St Ignatius of Loyola was hit by a cannonball which ended his old life as a soldier and put him on a pilgrim path. Perhaps you too have had an experience in life that
In his Message for Lent 2015 Pope Francis addresses the globalization of indifference – a frequent theme in his homilies and talks. He invites us to reflect with him on three texts from the Bible – 1 Cor 12:26, Gen 4:9, and Jas 5:8. In this reflection sheet, Make Our Hearts Like Yours – Lenten Reflection 2015, we take up the invitation. In addition to considering each text in its context and Pope Francis’ reflection on it in his Lenten Message, we pose questions that place each text in dialogue with the Goals of Sacred Heart Education, and the life of St Philippine Duchesne.