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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.
(Constitutions,
8)

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.

First Friday Reflection for November 2016

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. 

First Friday Reflection for September 2016

Photograph by Linda Behrens

“The thoughts of His heart are to all generations to rescue them from death, and to keep them alive in famine.”  This is the Introit for the Mass of the Feast of the Sacred Heart, and I’ve always loved it as the opening salvo to the Feast and First Fridays. It speaks of the Heart of God being with us, holding us in ever-present consciousness, young and old, all of us, all generations, past and present. And that holding is about “rescuing us from death” and “keeping us alive in famine.”  God’s heart knows where we are even when we don’t want to admit it.

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

Contemplation

Photo by Carol Haggarty, RSCJ

A reflection included on pages 85 in Seeking the One Whom We Love: How RSCJs Pray

by Virginia O’Meara, RSCJ

I have come
From ancient caves
And caverns
Where I discovered fire.

I came out to light
And air and speech
And thought
To share my gift
By writing sparks
In words which then
Would burn
In a creative blaze
Like the bush
Which Moses saw
And said how it
Would be a sacred sign.

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?

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