The winter issue of Heart magazine highlights the legacy of Janet Erskine Stuart. Mother Stuart (1857-1914) was the sixth superior general of the Society of the Sacred Heart, serving in that position from 1911 to 1914. She was a prolific writer, known in particular for her book The Education of Catholic Girls. The Society of the Sacred Heart and schools of the Sacred Heart around the world are observing the centennary of her death from October 2013 to October 2014.
Heart is published two times a year to highlight the mission and ministries of the Society of the Sacred Heart, United States-Canada, for a wide circle of friends. The covers, photographs of hearts in nature, symbolic of Christ's presence at the heart of the universe, bear witness to the contemplative dimension of the Society's "wholly contemplative, wholly apostolic" mission: To discover and reveal God's love through the service of education.
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The spring 2012 issue of Heart Magazine marks the 25th edition of this publication. With a focus on the Society's priority for justice, peace and integrity of creation, it tells just a few of the stories of how this "little Society" - as St. Madeleine Sophie Barat called it - serves to discover and reveal the incarnate love of God.
The Winter issue of Heart magazine is here! This issue celebrates the announcement of the next Provincial, a new Network school, a new internship opportunity and the wonderful care our elder Sisters receive. It is full of the "good news" in the Heart of the world. If you have any comments or questions, please contact the editor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As Provincial Paula Toner, RSCJ notes, "This issue of Heart presents many facets of the "we" that is the Sacred Heart family ... In this season of new life following a long wait in darkness, we celebrate the hope we have for our suffering companions on life's journey ..." Read about our journey together, and join us in The Heart.
As you will read in this issue of Heart, ministering with "the heart of an educator" takes place in many different settings: in actual classrooms, in countries where needs are enormous, and in places where healing is called for... As we contemplate the coming of Jesus, let us commit ourselves to regard the people in our lives as He did the people in his...
In the flow of seasons, the winter months are a fallow time. If we take our cues from nature, slow down, and pay attention, and if we can be present to this season, there is richness in the quiet of winter, in the darkness of long nights (the realm of owls), in the stillness and silence. Here we can be present to ourselves “where chance seeds may grow as the wind conveys them,” present to our life experiences from which to draw wisdom, and we can be present to God – who is very near and yet unknowable, mysteriously present to us.
In a recent homily, I heard these words: “Let God’s plans be your plans. Let God’s problems be your problems.” And I was taken with the directness of that call. At times, I think and pray in just the opposite way: “Please God, bless my plans, and help me with these problems that are on my plate.”