Helen McLaughlin RSCJ

21 January Reflection Quote

"Our preferential love for the poor must be accompanied by a clear, concrete witness lived in and as community, which will speak of our solidarity with them." Helen McLaughlin, Feast of the Sacred Heart, 1987.

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?

17 December Reflection Quote

"It is interesting to note that one of the signs of the times is the attention given to the future." - Helen McLaughlin, Feast of the Presentation of Our Lady, 1985.

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