Patricia Garcia de Quevedo RSCJ

27 March Reflection Quote

"To be the Heart of God on earth means to go to the heart of life with the attitudes and feelings of the Heart of Christ, that was the fundamental intuition of Madeleine Sophie; it is what makes our name intrinsic to our vocation as RSCJ>" Patricia de Quevedo, Conference to Probanists, June 2000.

The vocation of Religious of the Sacred Heart is to go to the heart of life with the attitudes and feelings of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. – when you hear the expression ‘to be the Heart of God on earth’ what does it mean to you? – what would you say are the attitudes and feelings of the Heart of Jesus? – how do you express the attitudes and feelings of the Heart of Jesus in your life?

4 March Reflection Quote

"To believe in God means to open ourselves, to surrender ourselves to Mystery. It means knowing that we are drawn into the free gift of this Mystery." Patricia Garcia de Quevedo, Feast of the Sacred Heart, 1997.

We cannot easily convince people to believe in God through logic or empirical evidence. In fact, faith is a gift and a mystery, which draws us into the Mystery. – how do you respond when people dismiss your belief in God as nonsense? – is faith an experience of surrender for you? – can you think of a time when you felt comfortable in the presence of Mystery?

14 February Reflection Quote

"To be the Heart of God on earth means to go to the heart of life with the attitudes and feelings of the Heart of Christ; that was the fundamental intuition of Madeleine Sophie." - Patricia Garcia de Quevedo, Conference to Probanists, June 2000.

We are sure to see plenty of focus on hearts today – it is Valentine’s Day! The attitudes and feelings of the Heart of Christ call us to a whole way of being in the world. This movement of the heart is much broader than romantic love. – how do you take the attitudes and feelings of Jesus into the heart of life? – who manifests the Heart of God on earth to you? – do you feel more comfortable with the idea of being God’s hands and feet than with the idea of being God’s Heart on earth?

2 February Reflection Quote

"We want to be instruments of mercy, above all for the forgotten and the excluded." Patricia Garcia de Quevedo, Conference to Probanists, June 1998.

Mercy is a disposition of the Heart of God. When we reveal the love of the Heart of God, we are instruments of mercy. And closeness to the Heart of God draws us close to those for whom God has a special love – the forgotten and excluded. – when have you experienced God’s mercy? – in what ways might you act as an instrument of mercy? – who are the forgotten and the excluded in your local community?

4 December Reflection Quote

"Seeing the wolrd through the lens of the Kingdom of God has led us to recognise how Jesus revealed himself to the poor and marginalised of history." Patricia Garcia de Quevedo, Educational Trajectory... Mexico 2000, in Letters and Conferences.

God’s reign has been unfolding in history, and it continues to unfold in our own times. This is a different way of seeing the world from that of the news media. This way of seeing the world also leads us to see different things. – how, and to whom, did Jesus announce the Kingdom of God? – when we look at the world through the eyes of those who are poor or marginalised, how do we see the behaviour of kings, rulers, and others in governance roles? – to whom do our ministries reveal Jesus as the love of God?