This striking image is of Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne, one of the founding mothers of the Society of the Sacred Heart, and the pioneer who brought the Society to North America in 1818. William Schickel's portrait of Philppine is a bit controversial: people either love it or they hate it! We thought it would be interesting to take a look back at thoughts of Sister Nance O'Neill, who was provincial at the time of Philippine's canonization.
In prayer we come to Him with everything that touches our life,
with the sufferings and hopes of humanity.
As apostolic contemplatives, Religious of the Sacred Heart root our lives in prayer. With a mission to discover and reveal the love of God, our spirituality and our mission are based in love. Our contemplative outlook is part of who we are, whether in prayer, in ministry or in our daily lives.
"The contemplative outlook on the world has been a call to be authentic apostles of Christ's love, to help bring to birth a more welcoming world, to make known a God who is great, bountiful and tender. It is a call to educate in such a way that God's plan, God's glory, may become a reality, so that all may grow as brothers and sisters in the inward freedom of the children of God, and have fullness of life." (Superior General Concepcion Camacho, RSCJ)
The pierced Heart of Jesus opens our being to the depths of God and to the anguish of humankind.
On these pages, we will share prayers, poems, reflections and artwork that reflect the spirituality of the Society of the Sacred Heart. We hope you will return here periodically for resources appropriate to the liturgical season and our Sacred Heart traditions.
When I first saw the icon above by Soeur Marie-Paul Farran, OSB, and studied it closely, I was drawn to the six water jars in the lower right hand corner. They are reminiscent of the jugs at the wedding feast of Cana. In the Gospel of John, Jesus tells the waiters to fill six jugs with water, and then he changes the water into wine for the wedding guests. But before that, his Mother, Mary, tells the waiters, "Do whatever he tells you."
Thus says the Lord God: O my people, I will open your graves and have you rise from them, and bring you back to the land of Israel. Then you shall know that I am the Lord, when I open your graves and have you rise from them, O my people! I will put my spirit in you that you may live, and I will settle you upon your land; thus you shall know that I am the Lord. I have promised, and I will do it, says the Lord.
Unbind him and let him go.
My Own Stone
Fourth Sunday of Advent: See the Holy in the Other, Encounter
"Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.” Isaiah 7: 14
"To deepen our interior life, our capacity for contemplation and for listening to the heartbeat of God in ourselves and in our world;" General Chapter 2016
“Thus we learn to contemplate reality and to experience it with His heart, to commit ourselves to the service of the Kingdom and to grow in love.” 1982 Constitutions, #21
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)
I sat quietly on the front gallery of Grand Coteau this past August 12, during a Louisiana rain. There is nothing like a Louisiana storm. The storm wrapped me in prayer, and I let the sound of the rain play in me, widening the crevices of my heart.
It was only the next morning when I saw the headlines of the paper that I realized that I had been listening to the rains of what is now called the Great Flood of 2016. A flood that killed 13 people, destroyed more than 100,000 homes, and displaced more than 10,000 people.