Religious of the Sacred Heart around the world join millions of faithful Catholics and others in celebrating the latest Encyclical Letter of our Holy Father. In it, Pope Francis appeals "for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet" and calls on all of us to participate. We invite you to read Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si', in its entirety on the Vatican website.
Rose Philippine Duchesne was a pioneer, an educator, a vowed religious. Her fortitude, faith, courage and humility continue to inspire today. The Reflections below were written by Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Associates and educators, alumnae and other friends for the "Month of Philippine," February, 2013, as part of the Year of Faith.
Did we ever used to notice how often we touch our own faces? How often, in public places, we reach out and touch handrails and doors; or, in shops, pick items up to examine them, or try on clothes? Did we even notice casually brushing against a stranger's sleeve, or think twice about greeting people with handshakes or hugs? Could we have imagined, even a few weeks ago, that now the only ones assured of being touched and held are the sick and bedbound - but only through sterile gloves and clothes? Did we pause and reflect on the physicality of our liturgies, rituals and sacraments?