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Thursday, May 28, 2015

Quote by Madeleine Sophie Barat: "Sacred Heart of Jesus,..."


Forest Ridge School of the Sacred Heart

"Sacred Heart of Jesus, give me a heart that is one with your own: a loving heart that has compassion for the sufferings of others."

~ St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (1779-1865)
Founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart 


The above quote was taken from The Wisdom of Madeleine Sophie Barat - Day by Day Calendar.  To order a copy of the calendar (Cost: $10.00 + postage) - click here

Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Quote by Madeleine Sophie Barat: "Sacred Heart of Jesus,..."

Convent of the Sacred Heart Mount Anville Secondary School - Ireland

"Sacred Heart of Jesus, give me a heart that is one with your own: a gentle heart that holds and calms its anxieties."

~ St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (1779-1865)
Founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart 


The above quote was taken from The Wisdom of Madeleine Sophie Barat - Day by Day Calendar.  To order a copy of the calendar (Cost: $10.00 + postage) - click here

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Quote by Madeleine Sophie Barat: "Sacred Heart of Jesus,..."

 
Former Barat College - Lake Forest, IL

"Sacred Heart of Jesus, give me a heart that is one with your own: a humble heart that knows and loves its poverty."

~ St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (1779-1865)
Founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart 


The above quote was taken from The Wisdom of Madeleine Sophie Barat - Day by Day Calendar.  To order a copy of the calendar (Cost: $10.00 + postage) - click here

Monday, May 25, 2015

Feast of Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat Celebrated by Sacred Heart Alums Worldwide

Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat
Sacred Heart Schools - Atherton, Calf


"The nature of Love is to change the lover into the Beloved. What a wonderful one-ing of God and creation, which makes us able to say, "I live, now not I, but Christ lives in me."
~ St. Madeleine Sophie Barat (1779-1865)
Founder of the Society of the Sacred Heart 


The above quote was taken from The Wisdom of Madeleine Sophie Barat - Day by Day Calendar.  To order a copy of the calendar (Cost: $10.00 + postage) - click here

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Madeleine Sophie Barat: Relationship Builder

Madeleine Sophie Barat - A Life by Phil Kiroy, RSCJ
to order a copy

"As a 19th century woman, Sophie Barat found her way out of a private life into a public role with a public profile; and she did this with her colleagues because she had a public service to offer which met a need in society and in the church. However, another inner narrative was taking place at the same time, one that informed the outer and gave the impulse and energy to sustain so much activity. While she was engaged in the founding and consolidation of the Society of the Sacred Heart, Sophie made an inner, spiritual journey in the course of which she continually strove to transform her image of a severe, harsh God into one of warmth and love and vulnerability. Though her exterior success was the focus of her fame in the 19th century and beyond, her inner achievement had greater, long term consequences for the image of the divine, of the holy in our time. Sophie was endowed with a remarkable capacity for human relationships, a gift she used to good effect in her leadership of the Society of the Sacred Heart."   
The quote above is from the book Madeleine Sophie Barat A Life by Phil Kilroy

I have posted the following homily by Fr. Frank Buckley, SJ before (see Blog post - July 20, 2013)  however, today on the eve of Sophie's Feast Day which will be celebrated tomorrow and marks the 150th anniversary of her death, I feel the need to share Fr. Frank's homily again.  Believe me it is well worth the time to watch this all the way to the end.  If you should wish to jump to the part about Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat and her life you should advance the video to the 11 minute mark but trust me you will have missed most of the message: "Who is my neighbor?" 

In full disclosure I should tell you that I first met Fr. Frank at Oakwood (the RSCJ retirement community in Atherton, CA) when he said mass for the 2013 Feast Day of St. MSB.  After his homily which was fabulous we were introduced.  So naturally when I learned he would be the presider at the last mass hosted during the 2013 Society of the Sacred Heart Spirituality Forum I made certain to have my camera ready to video tape his homily. 




Sunday, May 10, 2015

"I Want to Thank You Again..." quote from Philippine Duchesne, RSCJ




May 10, 1840 ~ Philippine writes to her sister Euphrosine, Madame Jean-Joseph Jouve: "I want to thank you again for all the pretty things you sent me recently.  The vase is in a gilded case in our parlor here at Florissant and is admired by everyone who sees it.  The percale roses deceive all by their likeness to nature.  They ornament the altar and the parlor on our biggest feast days.  Several ladies have tried to copy in embroidery the bouquet designed on the vase, and we have enjoyed this very much."

Taken from the book: "Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne"


Monday, March 30, 2015

Fifty Years After RSCJ and Barat Students Marched...Chicago Students Plan Civil Rights Travel Study to Selma


Photo of Nancy Kane, rscj and Al Pounian at the Montgomery Airport taken
from p149 of the book, BARAT COLLEGE, A LEGACY, A SPIRIT AND A NAME


Earlier this month, I learned that friends of OAV (Our American Voice) were helping to raise funds so that students from the Libby Elementary school in Chicago could participate in a Civil Rights travel study program.  The students are raising funds so that they can travel during their spring break in April to Memphis, Montgomery and Selma. The students will learn from the past how to become better citizens today.  For more info on the Civil Rights Travel Study Fundraiser click here!

As a member of the Barat Education Foundation Board, I was pleased to help support the effort of these students from Libby Elementary school.  I did so in memory of two RSCJ that taught history at Barat College: Sisters Nancy Kane and Marguerite Green, RSCJ.    

In her book, BARAT COLLEGE: A LEGACY, A SPIRIT AND A NAME, Martha Curry, RSCJ interviewed Sr. Kane to get her recollections of the trip she took with fellow faculty members: Margurite Green, RSCJ and Al Pounian and twenty-four Barat College (Lake Forest, IL) students in 1965.  

The excerpts below were taken from pages 141 and 142 of Sr. Curry's book.  


Barat Students March to Montgomery, Alabama, 1965
         "At the time when the Civil Rights Movement of the mid- and late- 1960’s was embroiling the country, the most notable example of the social activism of Barat’s faculty and students was participation in the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, in March of 1965. On March 24, twenty-four students accompanied by the chairman of the Art Department, Albert Pounian, left by train for Montgomery, and the next day Mothers Marguerite Green and Nancy Kane flew to Montgomery. Both the train and the airplane arrived in Montgomery about noon on March 25 and, therefore, the contingent from Barat did not march with Martin Luther King the whole fifty miles from Selma.  They joined the march in Montgomery at a black church, the Church of St. Jude, and continued the three-plus mile march to the capitol."  

News Article and photo of Nancy Kane, RSCJ from Society Archives

         "By the middle of March, Barat’s faculty had voted that the college as an institution “should do something if the opportunity arose.” 13  The student council had asked each class for an indication of student support and received a donation of $200 from its general fund.  Other donations totaling $300 came from the college’s social committee and from chairs of the social committees of the four academic classes. These donations were sufficient to support eleven students in their travel to Alabama, and thirteen other students paid their own way."
Marguerite Green, RSCJ 
photo from Barat College Collection


         "An article in Barat News that covered the events of the march described the speeches delivered on the steps of the capitol in Montgomery by MartinLuther King, Jr., and Whitney Young. The article recounted that, when one small black girl saw Mother Kane in her habit, she exclaimed, “That’s my church.” Of the three faculty members who participated in the events in Montgomery, only Mother Kane was living at the time of the author’s interviews; and she was able to fill in many details. She remembered that all the black churches were open that day to accommodate the marchers, and she commented on the cheering they received as they progressed through the black neighborhoods. “There was a great euphoria like we were coming into the Kingdom. . . . As we got close to [the capitol], the atmosphere changed and we were really sort of scared. . . . I never felt such hatred.” Sister Kane went on to explain that since their flight back to Chicago did not leave until the next morning, she, Mother Green, and Professor Pounian slept on benches in St. Jude Church overnight. The students returned to Chicago by train on the evening of March 25. "

Please join me in helping fund the good works of the OAV and make it possible for the students of Libby Elementary school to participate in this Civil Rights Travel Study to Selma.  To donate click here.


Sunday, March 15, 2015

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "Courage and Confidence"



"Do not give up any high aspirations, aim at the very highest and the best, but understanding that to get this is a life's work, not the work of a day, so never let failure cast down or disappoint you, but always begin again with great courage and especially great confidence."

Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). To order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

2014 Winter Wonderwalk and Holiday Boutique: December 9-10

Woodlands Academy of the Sacred Heart


If you're looking to find some unique items for the holidays, while at the same time supporting Woodlands Academy Scholarship Program, then you must head up to Lake Forest, IL to the Winter Wonderwalk.  

Boutique opens on Tuesday, December 9th from 1pm - 5 pm and from 6 pm - 8 pm you can "Sip & Shop" the night away.   Wednesday, December 10th the Boutique is open from 9 am - 3 pm

Housewalk Tours on Wednesday, December 10, 2014 (10 am - 3 pm) will feature four spectacularly decorated estates. 

For further info and to purchase tickets - click here.

Monday, December 8, 2014

Mother Aloysia Hardey, RSCJ and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Mother Mary Aloysia Hardey, RSCJ
(December 8, 1809 - June 17, 1886)

December 8th

On this day in 1809, Mother Mary Aloysia Hardey, RSCJ was born.  In honor of her birthday on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception a quote from her.

"Make your preparation for Christmas an active prayer, a prayer of fidelity, of silence, of mortification." 



Friday, December 5, 2014

Written by Mother Duchesne in her office book: "With the Blessed Virgin..."

Grotto at Barat College of the Sacred Heart, Lake Forest, IL
(photo circa 1957)


December 5th ~ Written by Mother Duchesne in her office book...

"With the Blessed Virgin I say with all my heart: Be it done to me according to thy word." 

Taken from the book:  Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "The Son of God"



Window as seen in the former Barat College Sacred Heart Chapel, Lake Forest, IL

"The Son of God.  A perfect expression of faith in the presence of His frail infancy, and a lesson in faith; appearances mislead." 

Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And. to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Advent 2014: Watch. Wait. Wonder. Welcome!

ADVENT 2014: Watch. Wait. Wonder. Welcome!

"The Shepards are asking, 'What have you seen?' and three times the answer is given, 'We saw a Child and the choirs of Angels praising God.' They were the first to give testimony to Him; so the nearest and first to come to our God are the poor and the simple."


Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And. to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.



By Ruth Cunnings and Stephanie Hamilton, Formation to Mission Co-Chairs

This year at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan the school-wide theme for Advent is "Watch. Wait. Wonder. Welcome!"  This theme will be the basis for our reflection and service during the Advent season. We will begin Advent with an all-school prayer service in the chapel on Monday, December 1 at 9:30 a.m. Please feel welcome to join us as we enter into the new liturgical year. 

Additional opportunities for prayer will be offered in each learning community throughout the season as we prepare to welcome Jesus at Christmas. As a whole school, we will also share daily moments of silence during Advent. Please consider joining in these moments of silence as your schedule permits:
  • Week 1 of Advent, 9–9:05 a.m.
  • Week 2 of Advent, 10:45-10:50 a.m.
  • Week 3 of Advent, 1-1:05 p.m.
  • Week 4 of Advent, 2–2:05 p.m. (at home)
In this season of giving, students, faculty and staff will be invited to bring in items to benefit the residents of Grace Centers of Hope in Pontiac. Please see your learning communities eNews for additional details. 


Sunday, November 30, 2014

Advent Message: Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ


"Preparation is spoilt by impatience and want of resignation. If the vision make any delay, wait for it, for it will surely come and shall not tarry. Few things are so restless, unsatisfactory and useless as impatient waiting - especially following on hurried preparation, and one of the hardest and gravest lessons is to learn to wait with patience and resignation. If Advent adds any of these qualities to our spirit of preparation, it will have been well spent."

Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And. to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.


Thursday, November 27, 2014

Thanksgiving Message: The Upward Spiral of Gratitude by Imma De Stefanis, rscj

Stuart Center in Washington, D.C.

The Upward Spiral of Gratitude


Thanksgiving 2014 


During this season of giving thanks I would like to invite us all to go one-step further: To cultivate an orientation of gratitude in life and work.  On the surface there may appear to be little difference between the two.  In actuality, however, gratitude carries a depth and breadth of experience that has drawn the attention of researchers and psychologists for many years.

Gratitude is thankful appreciation for the benevolence of another in either tangible or intangible ways.  Most of us feel gratitude from time to time, especially when things go well or, more specifically, when things go better than we may have expected.  Cultivating a life orientation of gratitude, however, is more than just spontaneous feelings of gratitude; it requires expressing it - intentionally, authentically and regularly.  The focus is not on me, but rather on the other person.  Psychologists have shown the physical, psychological, emotional and social benefits of expressing gratitude.   In short, people who engage in genuine, regular expressions of gratitude report greater physical and mental health.  This is evidenced by demonstrably lower levels of anxiety and depression; sounder sleep patterns; greater resiliency when confronted by obstacles or disappointments; enhanced interactions with colleagues; greater sense of team; and “huge increases in happiness scores.”   The Templeton Foundation (2013) found, however, found that while almost all survey participants reported feeling happier and more fulfilled when someone thanked them, a staggering 60+% said they never or very seldom express gratitude.  

What blocks our ability to express gratitude?  Our country’s ethos of the self-reliant, can-do person tends to value independence and competitiveness over interdependence and collaboration.  Researchers find that in the workplace people fear that showing gratitude makes them appear weak or vulnerable.  Perhaps it is precisely through this experience of vulnerability that expressions of gratitude more often strengthen, not weaken, relationships.  Certain aspects of technology (e.g., email) have created a false sense of immediacy and urgency.  Gratitude, on the other hand, requires time and space to engage in three simple steps (adapted from Brother David Steindl-Rast, gratefulness.org).

First we must recognize the gift.  Wake up, notice and see! Recognize the true gifts of our lives and recognize where our blessings are the result of others’ toil, not our own. Second, we need to acknowledge that something outside ourselves has touched our lives in some significant way.  We must also acknowledge how unjust political, economic and social structures heap “blessings upon the blessed.”  Finally, we must express what our hearts hold (joy, grief, burden, relief, connectedness, isolation).   It is in the raising up of our voices that gratitude becomes the upward spiral.  What we express opens us and others to further acts of benevolence; opens our eyes and ears to justice and injustice; and maybe inspires and motivates others to action.  A life orientation of gratitude, therefore, provides fertile ground for the seeds of justice to take root.  


Happy Thanksgiving from all at the Stuart Center! May our work and our lives be punctuated by gratitude that begets justice so that one day, working together, all in our world may enjoy the bounty of our earth.


Imma De Stefanis, rscj, Ph.D. Executive Director Stuart Center  



 

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "God will see to everything..."



"... it is exactly like that. God will see to everything, everything...and you have only to leave everything... to His Care."



Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And. to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.

Today is the day my mother would have celebrated her 96th birthday but she is no longer with us.  She died after receiving 25 days of hospice care on August 29th. Known to always wear a couple rosaries around her neck the last few years of her life, my mother was a very prayerful woman. The last two summers she was most interested in hearing of my trips to England and to learn more about Janet Erskine Stuart. So the quote above and especially the notation at the bottom of the calendar is especially meaningful and brings me solace on this day.
"I read and prayed these lines so many times as I went through hospice with my husband that I finally realized: yes, I can leave everything, each detail large and small to His care, not just now, but every day of my life."  - Josette D., Duchesne Academy of the Sacred Heart, Houston, Texas

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sacred Heart Gratitude for Native Chicagoan Cardinal George

Photo taken at Sacred Heart Schools Chicago January 9, 2013


"Joy is the song or psalm of the spirit under the pressure of happiness, and to give God the fullest and best service possible, we must train our spirit to sing that psalm continually."


Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.


Sacred Heart students and alums have had the pleasure of getting to know native Chicagoan Francis Cardinal George, OMI since he was installed as Archbishop of Chicago in May 1997.  I had the pleasure of meeting him in May 2000 during the Barat College commencement exercises when the Cardinal received a Doctor of Humane Letters.

As we prepare for Thanksgiving, I'd like to say that on behalf of all the Sacred Heart alums who have come to know Cardinal George we joyfully sing a song of praise and gratitude for his service to Chicago and most especially our Sacred Heart community.  We pray that his health improves and that he enjoys his retirement here in Chicago.  

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Prayer used by St. Philippine Duchesne


Philippine Duchesne in prayer - Artist unknown

November 19th

Prayer used by Mother Duchesne:


"Lord, You alone are the Center in which I find rest.  Give me Your arm to support me, Your shoulders to carry me, Your breast to lean upon, Your Cross to uphold me, Your Body to nourish me.  In You, Lord, I sleep and rest in peace."

Taken from the book: Through the Year with Philippine Duchesne

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Feast of Saint Rose Philippine Duchense

November 18th Feast of Rose Philippine Duchesne 

Academy of the Sacred Heart - St Charles, MO


"All that is coming to us in the future.  We thank with our eyes shut, for the joys and sorrows - all that is unknown.  We may not have the presence of mind to do it then."

Janet Erskine Stuart RSCJ (1857-1914)
6th Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

The above quote is taken from the perpetual spiral-bound calendar "The Life Lived" which celebrates the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ - (click here to order). And to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here.