Religious of the Sacred Heart around the world join millions of faithful Catholics and others in celebrating the latest Encyclical Letter of our Holy Father. In it, Pope Francis appeals "for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet" and calls on all of us to participate. We invite you to read Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si', in its entirety on the Vatican website.
Rose Philippine Duchesne was a pioneer, an educator, a vowed religious. Her fortitude, faith, courage and humility continue to inspire today. The Reflections below were written by Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Associates and educators, alumnae and other friends for the "Month of Philippine," February, 2013, as part of the Year of Faith.
Some weeks ago I asked my sisters: given everything Sophie lived through, her actions, attitudes and what she wrote in letters and conferences, what do you think she might be saying to us now? What words of consolation, encouragement or inspiration might she have for us today, as we celebrate her feast in strange, uncertain and fearful times?
This post is composed of several interwoven threads. Yesterday I shared a delightful Zoom meeting with a dozen of the religious with whom I regularly interact on Twitter, effectively forming an online, supportive, reflective, humorous, inter-congregational community, spanning both apostolic and monastic life - even though several of us have never met. It was lovely to discover what some of them look and sound like, unfrozen from their profile pictures, just as it was lovely to catch up with the ones I know well.