Madeleine Sophie Barat

Wise Words for Today

The sea is calmer and more beautiful after a storm. Sophie Barat

“It is certainly a gift to know how to arrange one’s time and use it well.” Madeleine Sophie Barat

25th May Reflection

Feast of St Madeleine Sophie Barat

Feast of St Madeleine Sophie Barat “Madeleine Sophie wanted each person to become aware of truth, of love and of freedom. Educating for compassion, awakening compassion in children, adolescents and adults: this is our duty and our mission.” Helen McLaughlan, RSCJ

2 April Reflection Quote

"How very dear to Our Lord is one who can say from the bottom of her heart; 'Lord,indeed you are good; I love whatever you want.' Such a soul is his beloved." Madeleine Sophie Barat, Letter 18 to Philippine Duchesne, 1807. (background photo of joined hands)

When we experience union with the Heart of Jesus, we want whatever he wants. – have you ever had the kind of experience that St Madeleine Sophie Barat describes? – where and when have you had a strong sense of God’s goodness? – what helps you to be free enough to want whatever God wants?

19 March Reflection Quote

"let us keep on praying and especially growing holy; that's what I call the marrow of prayer." Madeleine Sophie Barat, Letter 33 to Anna de Rousier, 1839.

Growing closer to God is at the center of prayer for St Madeleine Sophie Barat. – What do you believe ‘growing holy’ means? – What might St Madeleine Sophie Barat have meant by these words? – When you find prayer difficult, what helps you to persist?

15 March Reflection Quote

"God takes delight in a heart that has grown deep by humility and wide by charity." Madeleine Sophie Barat, Thoughts and Sayings.

Our hearts must grow deep and wide in order to express the depth and breadth of the love of God. – how might humility add depth to our capacity to love? – does charity extend the scope of our love or does the scope of our love extend our charity – or both? – what does it feel like to know that God delights in us?

10 March Reflection Quote

"The nature of love is to change the lover into the Beloved." Madeleine Sophie Barat, Letter 93 to Emilie Giraud, 1828.

The power of love to transform us is one of the great themes in literature. Many stories and songs remind us that love calls forth the best in us. In fact, it calls us to be the love of the Heart of God. – have you ever seen love change a person for the better? – how does being loved help you to be a better person? – in what ways does love draw you into union with the Heart of God?

5 March Reflection Quote

"You are growing older and suffering; so you can do very little, but this is a means of becoming interior and of unting yourself to Jesus in his self-emptying." Madeleine Sophie Barat, Letter 74 to Adreinne Michel, 1837

Our culture tends to value having and doing over being. It is not surprising then that we may fall into valuing ourselves according to what we do. Jesus, however, shows us another way. – does this saying from St Madeleine Sophie Barat feel like an unhelpful suggestion that you ‘offer up’ your sufferings? – how might less action help you to be closer to Jesus? – what feeling arise when you can do very little?

24 February Reflection Quote

"Your life is Jesus and nothing but Jesus." Madeleine Sophie Barat, Letter to Alexandrine de Riencourt, 1833.

We tend to think of ourselves as the protagonists in our lives. However St Madeleine Sophie Barat invites us to a life that is so Jesus-centred that there is nothing but Jesus. – who or what takes centre stage in your life? – how can you be the Heart of God in the heart of the world? – when do you feel the most in union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus?

19 February Reflection Quote

"How is the Society that we so love to be upheld, propagated and extended? Believe me, there is only one way - by the depth and sincerity of our religious spirit." Madeleine Sophie Barat, Circular Letters: xvi, February 1844.

At a time when there is some anxiety about the future of religious life, these words offer comfort. Through them our founder, St Madeleine Sophie Barat, points the way. – what for you is ‘religious spirit’? – how might we express ‘religious spirit’ today? – what might the words ‘upheld’, ‘propagated’ and ‘extended’ mean today?

Sophie 150 Years

photo of Sophie's birthplace from the #Sophie150 online pilgrimage

Today we celebrate the 150th anniversary of St Madeleine Sophie Barat’s entry into eternal life. We invite you to mark the occasion by making an online pilgrimage prepared by the Centre Sophie Barat in Joigny, France. Your journey for #Sophie150 starts here.

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