DO YOU WANT TO FAST THIS LENT? In the words of Pope Francis… Fast from hurting words and say kind words. Fast from sadness and be filled with gratitude. Fast from anger and be filled with patience. Fast from pessimism and be filled with hope. Fast from worries and have trust in God. Fast from complaints and contemplate simplicity. Fast from pressures and be prayerful. Fast from bitterness and fill your hearts with joy. Fast from selfishness and be compassionate to others. Fast from grudges and be reconciled. Fast from words and be silent so you can listen.
Be aware of the need to reach out with compassion to those who are feeling mentally or emotionally desolate. Identify someone who would appreciate a kind word…a moment of your time.
Sitting with God in prayer is an essential part of our lives. It is often more difficult to pray before situations that require our attention. Make a conscious effort to become politically aware, of local/national issues that adversely affect the poor. How can you make your voice heard?
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
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
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
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.