How can living our lives through the lens of justice, peace and integrity of creation open us to a new way of living our lives today?
“Pray for self-knowledge so that you might more clearly reflect God.” – Edwina Gately
– How often do I remember to stop long enough to learn from the ‘school of Jesus’ Heart’? – Think of a time when Jesus was unafraid to show his vulnerability. – How do I respond to the vulnerability of others I meet on a daily basis?
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?
Mary lights our path because she knew how to love the adventure of God with all its consequences. – how can you give love flesh through your life? – do you experience God as an adventure? – looking at this stage of your life, what strength, encouragement and light do you pray for?
This is what union with the Sacred Heart of Jesus looks like – responding to daily life according to His Heart. – do you sometimes tend to dismiss simple, daily things as unimportant? – how do you nurture attentiveness to small details? – when have you felt that you responded to a situation according to the Heart of Jesus?
When we accept our limitations we see God’s faithful love for us more clearly. – do you struggle to accept your limitations? – do you feel ashamed of your limitations, rather than joyful, in the face of God’s love? – how does accepting your limitations change the way you act?
Giving those who suffer disadvantage or exclusion a special place in our hearts must also find external expression. We must show our love in tangible ways. – how would others know that we have a special concern for the disadvantaged and excluded? – what does “solidarity” mean to you? – do we express our preferential love for the poor together, or do we actually leave this to individual action?
To read the signs of the times is to discern God’s call to us through the people, places and events of our world. Members of the Society of the Sacred Heart do this individually, and we do it collectively in our communities, and in our Provinces. Calls to the whole Society are discerned at General Chapters. – how does the call to reach new frontiers, discerned at General Chapter 2016 draw our attention to the future? – are we sometimes so preoccupied with the future that we do not pay adequate attention to the present? – do we pay enough attention to climate change as a sign of danger to
In the southern hemisphere we are enjoying summer, with all its life and vitality. Yet our end of year reflections on the state of the world and the year to come can challenge our sense of hope. – where do you see life in abundance right now? – what do you consider to be signs of hope? – so you have a sense of the Spirit sustaining your hope and awareness of vitality?