Stop, Look, Listen! Respond to the call of beauty surrounding you.
Contemplation enriches our world… deepens our interior life. – Sit quietly in the presence of the Spirit – be ready to receive the guidance you need.
Religious of the Sacred Heart say that our charism is wholly contemplative and wholly active. – why do you think Helen McLaughlin says that an active life on mission requires contemplation? – do you find it hard to be contemplative and active at the same time? – are your action and prayer in tension with one another,or are they unified?
Contemplation is not simply a matter of looking. It can also be described as “inclining the ear of the heart” and may engage all of the senses. – how might the contemplative gaze be different from simply looking at reality? – can you describe an example of “contemplative listening”? – do you experience a contemplative approach as a way of living life on mission?
The Abridged Plan of the Institute of the Society of the Sacred Heart begins: In the name, and for the glory of the Sacred Hearts of Jesus and of Mary… The Society has always honored the Immaculate Heart of Mary because it is so in tune with the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We can learn from Mary how we too may ponder things in our hearts. As we reflect on the words of Marie Therese de Lescure RSCJ, we can ask ourselves: – what is our experience of ‘interior life’? – is contemplation the essential base of our actions? – what does Mary have to teach us today?
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;
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.
Sr Lynette Toohey RSCJ will lead a time of prayer and reflection, being still and knowing that God is God, at Canisius Centre of Ignatian Spirituality in Pymble,Sydney 23 – 24 August 2014. More information and an online booking form can be found here.
In this podcast Why Christians Should Shut Up Dr Matthew Tan reflects on the virtue of silence, which leads us into contemplation. “In silence, we are better able to listen to and understand ourselves; ideas come to birth and acquire depth; we understand with greater clarity what it is we want to say and what we expect from others; and we choose how to express ourselves.” – Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI More from Dr Tan at his blog The Divine Wedgie
General Chapter 2008 described the international priorities which it discerned as five doors to the spirituality of the Society of the Sacred Heart. This prezi highlights some of the things that the chapter said about dialogue, contemplation, community, justice, peace and the integrity of creation, and our priority for young people. It includes a prayer for each priority adapted from the words of the Chapter 2008 document.