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Sunday, November 11, 2012

Janet Erskine Stuart ... Happy Birthday

Janet Erskine Stuart

Today marks the 155 year anniversary of Janet Erskine Stuart's birth. Janet Stuart was born in England on November 11, 1857 and died on October 21, 2014.  She converted to Roman Catholicism at the age of 22 and 1882, she entered the Society of the Sacred Heart in Roehampton.  In 1911 she became the Fifth Superior General of the Society of the Sacred Heart

In 1907 Mother Stuart wrote the 'Fable of the Ugly Duckling' and in it she tells of her own adventure - she writes "how the soul, which is an ugly duckling, by adversity and experience, and the abhorrence of worldliness, may attain to true life. 

Mother Stuart’s life can be summed up in her own words, Spirit Seeking Light and Beauty from her play, The Ugly Duckling:
Spirit seeking light and beauty, heart that longest for my rest,

Soul that asketh understanding, only thus can ye be blessed.

Through the vastness of creation, though your restless heart may roam, God is all that you can long for. God is all his creatures’ home.
Take and see him, feel and hear him, hold and grasp his unseen hand, Though the darkness seems to hide him, faith and love can understand. God who lovest all thy creatures, all our hearts are known to thee, Lead us through this land of shadow, to your blest eternity. 

Taken from: Life and Letters of Janet Erskine Stuart by Maud Monahan
 To read what Sr. Lucy Hayes wrote about Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ -  click here.

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