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Our Spirituality

In prayer we come to Him with everything that touches our life,
with the sufferings and hopes of humanity.
 (Constitutions, 20)

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.

A Dialogue with St. Rose Philippine Duchesne

Imagined by Mary Lyman, RSCJ

Mary:  Philippine, there’s so much about you that has inspired me, challenged me, attracted me over the years: your courage in facing the constantly shifting political situation, the frontier challenges, the separation from all that was familiar. But what attracts me most right now is your prayer. It is what carried you through all the changes, the failures and struggles. Your world seemed turned upside-down. And right now our world seems turned upside-down, too—yet another paradigm shift.

Prayer for Women Religious

By Anne Montgomery, RSCJ (RIP)

In this Kairos time of crisis and challenge, may we, like Mary of Nazareth, be open to the Spirit who calls us to new ways of incarnating the Word of truth and love.

In the face of harsh judgment even by those closest, may we, too, ponder deep in our
hearts a response inspired by the nonviolent Christ who went beyond
traditional teachings to grow to maturity in wisdom and grace.

Anna Mae Marheineke: Poems

Anna Mae Marheineke, RSCJ, was a talented and much-loved educator, who touched countless lives in her long ministry of education. She was also a talented poet. A collection of her poetry was published by the alumni association of the Academy of the Sacred Heart, St. Charles. Below are two of the poems included in the booklet, both dedicated to the students she loved so much and so well.

The Spirituality of Dialogue

Donna Dolan, RSCJ

Daniel O’Leary, a frequent contributor to The Tablet says that “words transform us. Beautiful words redeem our spirit. They find their way into places of hurt within us and heal them. They slip past the sentries of the mind. They are the kisses of the soul. They enter our bodies like Holy Communion and then they do their fertile work. We live our days differently when we carry living words inside us.”1


Sister Bea Brennan about prayer

Sister Bea Brennan kindly responded to our request to reflect on her prayer life. She wrote, "At the heart of our Judeo-Christian heritage is the belief that every human being is uniquely known and loved by God. No two of us commune with God in exactly the same way, even when we pray together. What follows is just a sketch of what prayer is like for me."