Pope Francis

A Lenten Reflection

Fast from words so that you can listen

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.    

Wise Words for Today

Wise Words for Today

Wise Words for Today

"Yet only an effort inspired by authentic solidarity will be capable of eliminating the great number of persons who are undernourished and deprived of the necessities of life. - Pope Francis

18th June Reflection

Human rights are not only violated by terrorism, repression or assassination, but also by unfair economic structures that create huge inequalities. - Pope Francis

22nd May Reflection

22nd May Reflection

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.

17th May Reflection

You pray for the hungry then you feed them. That's how prayer works. - Pope Francis

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?

Resources for Lent 2017

"At the basis of everything is the word of God, which during this season we are invited to hear and ponder more deeply." Pope Francis, Message for Lent 2017. Photo of a hooded person looking out to sea.

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 Prays for Respect for Women

screen shot from the Pope Video on respect for women: woman writing scientific formula on glass board

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

Laudato Si!

photo of trees in the fog at Stuartholme by Sandie Cornish

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

One Minute for Peace

Poster calling for people to pray for peace with Pope Francis and the Presidents of the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

AMASC are supporting this action initiated by the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organisations. Can you stop for a minute to pray for peace? If you are on FaceBook you can join our event here.

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