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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart and "Mickie" sings, "Ask Anyone Who Knows"




"Sing, even if there are tears in your heart."

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

"We all go through tough times, and if there's one thing I know I can always turn to , it's music. I was reminded that singing is like praying twice, and I know that I'm praying, and God is listening."                  ~ Mackenzie M., Convent of the Sacred Heart Elementary School, San Francisco, California

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.

The above photo of my mother, Mary "Mickie" Ryan was taken in 1953 at my grandparents' 50th Wedding Anniversary. The song she sings while playing the Organ is "Ask Anyone Who Knows" (Lyrics below) and was recorded at a later date at home.  Her beloved husband Phil died on September 21, 1970 and she happily and finally joined him on August 29, 2014.   


"Ask Anyone Who Knows"

There is no shore without an ocean
Ask anyone who knows
There is no love without devotion
Ask anyone who knows

A dream will stray, lose its way
If it can't come true
Night and day all my dreams
Are so dependent on you

A sigh can mean a sweet beginning
Ask anyone who knows
It's love that keeps the whole world spinning
And heaven only knows

I have no heart when we're apart
It leaves me when you go
And darling if you don't believe me
Ask anyone who knows

 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "Every Friendship..."

Anne Davidson, RSCJ an icon artist has depicted the first meeting of
Madeleine Sophie Barat and Philippine Duchesne in Grenoble


August 24th

"Every friendship with God and every love between God and a soul is the only one of its kind."


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.



Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "Your Life is a Sacred Journey. It is about change, growth, ..."

Wisteria Walk at the University of Roehampton

August 20th

"Your life is a sacred journey. It is about change, growth, discovery, movement and transformation.  It is continuously expanding your vision of what is possible, stretching your soul teaching you to see clearly and deeply, helping you to listen to your intuition."


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.

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "God has never found fault with ..."

Sacred Heart School of Halifax
photo circa 2007


August 17th

"God has never found fault with anyone for trusting too much and expecting too much of Him."

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, August 14, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "...and this submission of mind is the thing to pray for."

Jesuit Church of the Immaculate Conception
FARM STREET


August 14th

"There is one thing above all to hold on to, the attitude of submission to God's truth, known or unknown.  The submission is to Him, and this submission of mind is the thing to pray for."


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.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "we are called to a higher, fuller, richer life within..."

Sacred Heart statue as seen at Digby Stuart College


August 9th

"We are called to a higher, fuller, richer life within...called to work with God, to walk with God, to have influence with God."

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.


Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "Do not give up any high aspirations,..."



August 5th

"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).   And, to order your very own Janet Erskine Stuart Centenary Memorabilia - click here. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

Quote by Janet Erskine Stuart: "A thing not learned in a day..."

Celebrating the Centenary of Janet Erskine Stuart


August 4th

"A thing not learned in a day, but by constant practice of letting go of the human standard.  To seek simply 'What does God think, judge, will, in this matter?' is an eternal thought, judgement and decision that will give peace, strength and stability.  All human thoughts and wills flicker so feebly. This is a steady light." 

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, July 31, 2014

Prayer on the Feast of St. Ignatius



July 31st - Today is the Feast of St. Ignatius ~ 



Dearest Lord, Teach Me to be Generous
DEAREST LORD, teach me to be generous. Teach me to serve Thee as Thou deservest; to give, and not to count the cost; to fight and not to heed the wounds; to toil and not to seek for rest; to labor and not to seek reward, save that of knowing that I do Thy Will, O Lord. Amen

The prayer above was taken from the book: SPECIAL DEVOTIONS Compiled for Children of the Sacred Heart - Revised Edition 1956


Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Mary Kay Farley: A True Child of the Sacred Heart

Mary Kay Tracy Farley
(1935 - 2014)

Mary Kay speaks to alumnae at the 25th Annual Sacred Heart Luncheon

Mary Kay Farley passed away July 29, 2014 at Hiland Cottage of Hospice of Little Traverse Bay. She had lived a long and happy life and went to the promised land with a smile on her face.

Mary Kay was born in Detroit, Mi. in 1935 the daughter of Emmet and Frances (Carney) Tracy. She graduated from the Academy of the Sacred Heart in Grosse Pointe, Mi. She then attended Manhattanville College and Loyola (Chicago) School of Social Work graduating in 1959. She married James D. Farley in Grosse Pointe, Mi. on Feb. 27, 1960.

As an athlete, winning was important to Mary Kay, but good sportsmanship was more important. She was an honor girl at Moss Lake summer camp and learned to be a cheerful winner and a graceful loser. These traits carried throughout her lifetime. She enjoyed golf and won 24 club championships at 6 separate clubs. She probably lost 50 or more as she entered every contest that offered a trophy or plate as a prize. "Showing Up" was her mantra and she often won because few others chose to compete. She was a long-time member of the United States Senior Women's Golf Association and played in their competitions until she could no longer play golf.

Mary Kay was especially devoted to orthopedics as her youngest son was born with Scoliosis. She observed his treatments at a hospital for special surgery in New York and became a hospital trustee in 1980. She was also an officer and director of Orthopedic Research and Education Foundation (OREF), an arm of the American Academy of Orthopedics. She was named an honorary orthopedic surgeon when she retired from the OREF board in 2001.

Mary Kay is survived by her husband, 4 children, 2 of their spouses, 6 grandchildren, her brother Emmet Tracy Jr, and her sister Denice Summers, also surviving are 7 sisters-in-law, 3 brothers-in-law and 35 nieces and nephews. She was preceeded in death by her brother Thomas Tracy.

Her special qualities were her organizational ability, her generosity of spirit and her cheerful disposition. She was never depressed even when battling pancreatic cancer. She was a true daughter of Detroit and loved every moment of her early years spent there. She also cherished the many summers she spent in northern Michigan.

Having known true joy on earth, she expected to encounter it again in Heaven. If you sink an especially long putt or score an unbid grand slam in bridge, think of her.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that donations be made to the Regents of the University of Michigan (for the medical school's pancreatic cancer research), University of Michigan Office of University Development, 3003 S. State St., Suite 8000, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1288 or to the Society of the Sacred Heart (Retirement Fund), Society of Sacred Heart Mission Advancement Office, 4120 Forest Park Ave, St. Louis, MO 63108.

The Mass of the Resurrection will take place on Saturday Aug. 2, 2014 at 11:00 AM at Holy Childhood of Jesus Catholic Church in Harbor Springs, Mi. Fr. Joseph Graff will be the celebrant. Friends may arrive at the church beginning at 10:00 AM on Saturday. Interment will take place in Holy Childhood Cemetery in Harbor Springs.

The family entrusted Schiller Funeral Home for the arrangements. Online shared memories and condolences may be made at stonefuneralhomeinc.com.



Published in GreenwichTime on July 30, 2014



"What will matter is not your competence but your character.
What will matter is not how many people you knew, but how many will feel a lasting loss when you're gone.
What will matter is not your memories but the memories of those who loved you.
What will matter is how long you will be remembered, by whom and for what."

The above is taken from part of the poem "What Will Matter" by Michael Josephson.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Documentary Featuring Sprout Creek Farm

To read the article about Sprout Creek Farm inside this Esprit de Coeur issue
click here


Earlier today, I was thinking of my two RSCJ friends (Georgie Blaeser and Margo Morris) who live in Poughkeepsie, New York and run Sprout Creek Farm.  I was thinking how delicious their cheese would be on some home grown tomatoes.  Lo and behold, this afternoon I received the following email, along with a link to a wonderful documentary, featuring Sprout Creek Farm from Margo Morris. I'm passing on the sunshine to you!  And, if you have never ordered their cheese, I highly recommend that you do so... it's delicious!

Sprout Creek Farm is a center for eduction, farming and community building.  The farm provides an environment where using the building blocks for positive action will inspire innovative and broader solutions for a better future for children.  Farm to Life showcases some of the young adults who benefit from their programs.  Enjoy the documentary below!  


Dear Friends, 


Filmmaker Sean Tracy has made a beautiful 90 second documentary featuring Sprout Creek Farm's farmers and program participants. The video is part of Unilever's "Project Sunlight," an initiative that tells the stories of people "creating a brighter future for our children."
Please watch and share if you need a little sunlight on this cloudy Monday. 

Click here to watch "Farm to Life"

Sincerely,

Margo Morris
Executive Director
Sprout Creek Farm

Sprout Creek Farm is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization dedicated to educating children and adults about agriculture, the environment, and our special role to understand, protect, and heal planet Earth, our home. Donate now

Learn more about Sprout Creek Farm in the 2012 Fall issue of Esprit de Coeur magazine.