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.
Later today I'll be doing something few of us in the UK imagined we'd be doing even just a month or so ago - voting in the European Parliament elections. Hastily-arranged and bitterly contested elections, in which voting decisions are less about party loyalties and manifestos, and more about the increasing polarisation between Remain and Leave. I will be one of many ardent Remainers casting our votes for a party which supports that stance.
Every morning my Twitter feed presents me with an often poetic Word of the Day from the author Rob Macfarlane. The featured words often come from nature or landscape, including ones which are now almost lost because they have fallen out of usage, but the tweets also embrace dialects, myth and folklore, and a whole range of languages and sciences.