Religious of the Sacred Heart around the world join millions of faithful Catholics and others in celebrating the latest Encyclical Letter of our Holy Father. In it, Pope Francis appeals "for a new dialogue about how we are shaping the future of our planet" and calls on all of us to participate. We invite you to read Pope Francis's encyclical, Laudato Si', in its entirety on the Vatican website.
Rose Philippine Duchesne was a pioneer, an educator, a vowed religious. Her fortitude, faith, courage and humility continue to inspire today. The Reflections below were written by Religious of the Sacred Heart, Sacred Heart Associates and educators, alumnae and other friends for the "Month of Philippine," February, 2013, as part of the Year of Faith.
At last night's Easter Vigil Mass we greeted the Gospel by singing Christopher Walker's Alleluia of the Angels. I'd never sung it before, and so, meeting it for the first time, I was especially struck by the short, simple verse:
Today, we hold the mystery and the paradox in each breath ...
Both death and resurrection are present
as we stand at the foot of the cross.
In this season, we see the tender birth of Spring with courageous trust and vulnerability allowing our wounds to hold the resurrection.
It is the Easter season,
burgeoning alleluia with a refusal to believe that anything is devoid of resurrection,
even when the rational likelihood leaves us teetering on the brink of despair.