Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ

12 March Reflection Quote

"When God says one word it makes the impossible possible, and the unlovely lovely, and the unmeaning become a revealation." Janet Stuart, in Maud Monahan, Life and Letters, p 258.

We can sometimes forget that God is God. Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ reminds us that all things are possible for God. – can you recall a moment of revelation in which you saw that what appeared to be unlovely was actually lovely? – have you ever been aware of God’s presence when you have done something that you didn’t believe possible? – have you ever unexpectedly found meaning in something mundane?

7 February Reflection Quote

"Our education is not meant to turn the children out small and finished, but seriously begun on a wide basis." Janet Stuart, in Maud Monahan: Life and Letters, p 214.

This is a well-loved saying of Janet Erskine Stuart’s. In our rapidly changing times, to excite intellectual curiosity and to impart the skill of critical thinking, rather than simply teaching content, is even more important than in Janet’s time. For each one of us our education and formation are ongoing journeys. They help us to become more fully human. – do you nurture a seriousness about your own growth? – how might we value broad and holistic approaches in a highly specialized world? – in what ways can our educational efforts contribute towards integral human development?

28 January Reflection Quote

"Let gratitude be the dominant note of our thanksgiving." Janet Stuart, Feast of the Sacred Heart, 1913.

Today we are more aware of the significance of gratitude to human well-being, but perhaps its spiritual importance is given less attention. – have you ever accepted a “gratitude challenge” to name something you are grateful for each day? – what other “notes” might interfere with our gratitude? – do you direct your gratitude to God?

19 January Reflection Quote

"Day by day we write the story of our lives... no day in our life is without influence on the last, for ourselves as well as for the Society." Janet Stuart, Circular Letter xiii.

Our personal lives, and the collective life of the Society of the Sacred Heart, is unfolding day by day. Every day is important. – how does your past shape your life now? – do your understand your life as a journey of faith, or perhaps a history of grace? – are we sometimes tempted to hold onto traditions rather than letting them evolve into the future?