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First Friday reflection for February 2019

The Contemplative Journey

Imago Dei ~ We are created in the the image and likeness of God.

Catechism of the Catholic Church #1704 and 1705


“Cor unum et anima una in Corde Jesu” ~ One heart and one mind in the heart of Jesus.

Motto of the Society of the Sacred Heart


By our charism, we are consecrated to
we answer His call
to discover and reveal His love
letting ourselves be transformed by His Spirit
so as to live united and conformed to Him, and through our love and service
to radiate the very love of His Heart.

1982 Constitutions of the Society of the Sacred Heart


“The contemplative journey is the most responsible of all responses to God because so much depends on it - the future of humanity, the healing of the wounds of humanity, our own deepest healing.

“It’s not just a method of meditation or a practice [of silence] to find personal peace.

“It’s basically a total acceptance of the human condition in all its ramifications, including its desperate woundedness ...

“Humans are fully capable of becoming God, not in the fullest sense of the term, but in a very real way, where the light, life and love of God are pouring through them, channeling a source of healing, compassion and reconciliation wherever they go and whatever they do. They are rooted in the divine compassion and mercy, and are ... manifesting ... the pure light of the image and likeness of God within them, which is the assimilation of the mind and heart of Christ in everyday life.”

Thomas Keating, OCSO, in the DVD series Heartfulness, Transformation in Christ

Reflection: Paul Parker, Carrollton School of the Sacred Heart, Miami, Florida
Image: Icon by Patricia Reid, RSCJ