This Spring Issue of Heart magazine has as its theme, Hope in a Broken World. During a time that our world sees so much sadness and pain, our contributors also see so much hope. In sharing their stories, they share that hope despite the brokenness around us. As you read and reflect on these stories, please share with us the hope you are finding in this world of ours.
Translated by Frances Gimber, RSCJ
The book relates the history of the Society of the Sacred Heart in the forty countries where it has been sent against the background of the social, political and economic, as well as religious, currents of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. Religious of the Sacred Heart have had to confront liberalism and anti-clericalism, revolution, the effects of Nazism and Marxism, and world wars that destroyed their houses and scattered their members.
Edited by Kathleen Hughes, RSCJ, and Therese Fink Meyerhoff
This collection of essays features 55 members of the RSCJ sharing their answer to the most personal question: “How do you pray?” Their moving, personal answers provide an opportunity to look into your own interior life as they share how they move towards deeper communion with God.
Louise Callan, RSCJ (1893-1966): Historian and Biographer of Philippine Duchesne by Carolyn Osick, RSCJ, is available for purchase in print and as an ebook. Louise Callan, RSCJ, was professor of history and sacred scripture at Maryville College in St. Louis, Missouri, until her death in 1966. She was greatly loved by her many Maryville students.
As we enter into the winter season, a time when the earth lies fallow in colder climates, our contributors to the winter issue of Heart focus on the connection and responsibility of each one of us to our common home, the earth. We invite you to take this issue of Heart “to heart” and respond to the call of Pope Francis to make the care of our common home a personal call.
Thank you to our many friends and benefactors who share the Society of the Sacred Heart’s mission of making God’s love known in the heart of the world. The Mission Advancement annual report, Hearts on Fire, embracing the future with hope, is an expression of the life lived in the past year. We are grateful to all of you for making this future possible.
The spring issue of Heart is just the antidote to the stories of violence and cruelty that we hear on the news each day. It is full of stories of leadership and love that tell how the Good News overcomes the darkness that is so present in our world today. It gives us great hope is to know that these are just a few of the many stories of commitment to revealing God’s love in concrete ways that we can find among our Sacred Heart family. Please spend some time with it and let us know what you think.
As the Catholic Church begins the Year of Consecrated Life, this issue of Heart magazine celebrates the many ways Religious of the Sacred Heart are called to live a consecrated life. As Provincial Barbara Dawson writes in her letter:
Our province is blessed that so many friends and benefactors share our response to God’s call and feel compelled to respond with a generous heart. Our annual report reflects the many spiritual and educational ministries you have helped us initiate, unfold and strengthen. Please review our year in the attached annual report. Questions or comments may be directed to Sister Shirley Miller.
"In order to witness to the Reign of God, we need to build community."
~ Patricia García de Quevedo, former Superior General, Society of the Sacred Heart