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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.

First Friday reflection for June 2020

This week, the liturgical calendar ushers us into "ordinary time." There is nothing about this time that is ordinary.

As we gather at the well with the Samaritan woman, we are confronted with the reality that Jesus knew and would experience with his own body: exclusion, injustice, judgement, racism, supremacy, torture and execution.

It seems inconceivable to hold the realities of our own complicity with the surrounding presence of God's abiding love. And yet, such is the mystery of the resurrection.

Feast of Pentecost 2020

To each one, the Church, Happy Birthday! This glorious feast day of Pentecost falls in beautiful synchronicity with our own lives. The liminal time and space of worldwide quarantine is opening. We went into hiding, not unlike the Apostles, in fear. For us, this was fear of COVID-19 in addition to our safety. For many, but not all, we stayed in our upper rooms, creating easy rituals for life in loungewear. Now, cautiously and masked, we begin to emerge in many parts of the world.

Easter reflection 2020

Easter celebrations will likely look a lot different as more than 1.5 billion people worldwide have been asked to stay home amid the spread of coronavirus. We invite you to watch this reflection video as we continue to pray and hold the world in our hearts.

Fifth Sunday of Lent reflection 2020

For the past two Sundays, the Lectionary gave us glimpses into the lives of people with whom Jesus has an encounter. To recap: two weeks ago, Jesus converses with a Samaritan woman and invites her to a new way of living. Last week, we heard about the man born blind – more than, his blindness was healed in this encounter. Today, we encounter Mary, Martha and their late brother, Lazarus. All three stories share a commonality in that we encounter people who come to understand who Jesus is. All three show us how to be “artisans of hope in our blessed and broken world.”

Third Sunday of Lent reflection 2020

Kissing deer

Late afternoon in November is one of my favorite times of the year, especially in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. I was making my retreat at Sacred Heart Jesuit Retreat House in Sedalia, Colorado. I was sitting by the little stream running through the property, flowing from the statue of the Sacred Heart, “From His Heart shall flow streams of living water.”

Second Sunday of Lent reflection 2020

In the readings for the Second Sunday of Lent, we are called to be God’s beloved.

Like Abram, we are called to reach new frontiers, to venture from where we are comfortable, where we have become complacent, to a new land, a future that we do not yet understand. We journey with others, not knowing where our God is leading, to these new realities and to discover new possibilities.