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Year of Prayer

This Year of Prayer celebrates the missionary journey of Philippine Duchesne and her four companions from France to the New World, thus beginning the internationality of the Society of the Sacred Heart, now in 41 countries.

Click here to see the weekly reflections and to download a special journal for the year.

Prayer to End Human Trafficking

Saint Josephine Bakhita

January 11 - National Human Trafficking Awareness Day

Daily Prayer to End Human Trafficking
Prayer to Saint Josephine Bakhita

God of goodness and mercy, rewarder of the humble, you blessed St. Josephine Bakhita of Sudan with charity and patience. May her prayers help us, and her example inspire us to carry our cross and to love you always. (Say appropriate daily prayer)

Pour upon us the spirit of wisdom and love with which you filled St. Josephine
Bakhita, by serving you as she did, may we please you by our faith and our actions.

Feast of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

Feast of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

On November 18, we celebrate the Feast Day of St. Rose Philippine Duchesne. We remember her deep connection to the Potawatomi Indians, whom she lived with in 1841 when she was 72 years old. She spent much of her time in prayer, gaining the name “Woman Who Prays Always.” After just one year, she was called back to St. Charles because of her health. Although she was in Sugar Creek, Kansas, just a short time, she made a lasting impression on the Potawatomi.

Prayer of the Potawatomi
(on hearing of the death of Philippine)  

You Gave Me Wonder

Photo by Shirley Miller, RSCJ

A reflection included on pages 76-79 in Seeking the One Whom We Love: How RSCJs Pray

by Shirley Miller, RSCJ

Prayer is our humble answer to the inconceivable surprise of
living. It is all we can offer in return for the mystery by which
we live . . . only one response can maintain us: gratefulness
for witnessing the wonder, for the gift of our unearned right
to serve, to adore and to fulfill.
—Abraham Heschel

Praying in a Questioning Way

Repentance and Mercy by Ain Vared. Used by permission of the artist.

A reflection included on pages 50-51 in Seeking the One Whom We Love: How RSCJs Pray

by Carol Haggarty, RSCJ

For me there are many ways to pray: centering prayer, Ignation prayer, lectio divina to name a few. I am also drawn to prayer in times of sorrow, loss, need. I pray when I need to express gratitude or joy, or gain insight into a problem or situation. So recognizing the need for prayer, I come to reflect on the question: how do I pray?

My Life Has Given Me Gifts

A reflection included on page 33 of Seeking the One Whom We Love: How RSCJ Pray

by Dolores Copeland, RSCJ

I cannot imagine not having Christian Meditation as a part of my daily, ordinary, day by day life. Christian Meditation is simplicity itself, but simple does not mean easy.

My life has given me gifts. If I were asked to state, at this time in my life, my three greatest gifts, I would answer: 1) the gift of my life, 2) the gift of my vocation as an RSCJ, and 3) the gift of knowing Christian Meditation.

An Affair of the Heart


A reflection included on pages 28-31 in Seeking the One Whom We Love: How RSCJs Pray

by Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ

Years ago I learned that Saint Madeleine Sophie spoke of prayer in terms of a conversation. She spoke and God listened, and then God spoke and she listened. I believe prayer is essentially a relationship, and like all relationships, prayer begins in the silence of one’s heart.

Easter Tridiuum

Scripture:  John 13:15  “You see what I have done…so you should do.”

The Paschal Mystery: How has your Lenten journey of compassion, relationships, transformation helped you to return to God, the center of our lives, to glorify God and now to reveal anew God’s love in the world?

Reflection: Shape our hearts, loving God, our resurrection hearts, so that we may love all that you have created and one in mind and heart may serve all with open hearts.