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5 Doors to Sacred Heart Spirituality

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Sandie Cornish

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Transcript of 5 Doors to Sacred Heart Spirituality

Justice, Peace & Integrity of Creation
Young People
5 Doors to Sacred Heart Spirituality: Our International Priorities
• “Community is a basic way of organizing ourselves, a space where we take decisions together for our lives and mission. Community on all levels is
both mission and for mission
.” (p 24)
• “We are convinced that living in community models an
alternative way of being together in this world.
We strive to witness that love, hope, justice and peace are possible.” ( p 24)
• “Conscious that the destruction of the environment will have the greatest impact on those who already suffer from poverty, hunger and the lack of water, we know that living in community and sharing our goods in common has the potential to reduce our consumption of the world’s resources. In this context we reaffirm our commitment to
live more simply
.” (p 24)
“We recognize that
activism and dispersion
diminish the quality of our life. Instead we are called to stop, to
choose silence
and to open, and let ourselves be opened to, our inner depths where the Spirit of God allows us to feel, see and
understand life and reality with God’s heart
. When we allow our bodies to be silent, our senses awaken and we are able to hear the voice of the Spirit within us…
When we contemplate the heart of Christ we enter into the
movement of the Spirit
who develops in us a
listening heart,
bringing us closer to God’s reality, with the desire to promote justice, peace and the care of creation.” (pp 21- 22)
The Society wishes to be more
attentive to non-Western cultures and religions.

is not only a means of expression but a
way of thinking
, which can dominate over minorities.” (p 18)

“We wish to grow in sensitivity and creativity to use language as a means of communication, a vehicle for encounter, a medium for each one to express herself and contribute from her cultural identity.” (p 18)

“…dialogue invites us to move and discover the context from which we speak and express our ideas, choices and feelings” (p 18)

New media
can facilitate communication but access is unequal.

“We believe that
is a way of participating in structural change with other groups who have formed in response to the cries and hopes of the world. Networks link us in a deep sense of sharing life with others … [in] relationships beyond functionality” ( p 20)

• “From our
contemplation of the Pierced Heart of Jesus in the heart of wounded humanity
flows the desire to commit ourselves with greater passion and compassion to justice, peace, and the integrity of creation.” (p 26)

To educate is an act of justice
. “In whatever apostolic activity we may be engaged, our educative mission makes visible our
with those who are excluded. (p 26 - 27)
• Including justice, peace and the integrity of creation in our criteria for discerning our relationships, ministries, and commitments so that
all our choices are marked by Gospel values
will affect our personal and communal lifestyles, attitudes, choices, ways of living our vows, community of goods, inclusiveness and communion, and how we relate among ourselves, with others and with all of creation. (p 27) It provides
space for collaboration
in dialogue within the Church, with other religions and cultures and with networks in civil society. (p 28)
• “In the beating of these human hearts [of those working for a better world] in accordance with the rhythm of life, with joy we discover the love of the Heart of Jesus”(p 28)
• “We desire to put [our internationality] at the service of life, responding to the challenge coming from the birth pangs of humanity and whole of creation(p 28).
• “We want to continue to
walk with young people
. Many have a passion for justice and a concern for the future of the planet. Others are marginalized, lost and have no sense of any future for their world or themselves. Some have a desire to give their lives generously in the service of others. We need to be present with them all in their
search for God, meaning and the value of life.”
(p 30)
• “Each province, community and RSCJ is asked to look deeply into their
and find
ways of responding
to young people. This may mean making
new choices
, including:
Inter-generational dialogue
among ourselves
o Systematic planning and evaluation of projects
o Using all the means of
communication and technology
o Developing
o Evaluating
vocations ministry

for accompanying young people
of commitment to young people at provincial level.” (p 31- 32)
1. Provide
in our communities where, together with others, especially youth, we can grow in this contemplative attitude.
2. Ensure that our formation which continues all through life strengthens our contemplation and interior life.
3. Communicate among ourselves and with others our search for and experience of God during times of prayer and the sharing of our lives from a faith perspective. (p 22 - 23)
4. Engage in ways of dialogue with Christian and other religious traditions and cultures with whom we share ‘the treasures of faith’ and from whom we receive new inspiration.
5. Cultivate the contemplative attitude with our partners in ministry, in our educative institutions and projects and with groups of persons who strive for greater justice and peace for our people. (p 23)
3 Invitations
1. “To weave threads of connectedness, drawing on the richness and challenge of interpersonal, cultural and ethnic diversities, in regions and provinces, and as an international Society.” (p 25)
2. To revitalize:
• “the quality of our relations which are basic to community
• How we create humanizing spaces for ourselves and others.
• How community can be a place of searching, of contemplation and discernment.” ( p 25)
3. To return to the material on community in our Constitutions and Chapter documents in order to continue to look courageously at:
• “how the social context influences our attempts to live community
• Whether there is congruence between how we desire to live as expressed in our documents and our lived reality.” (p 25)
• “Undertake
educative processes
at personal, community, and provincial levels that transform us and allow us to own our commitment to JPIC.
• Integrate JPIC as a priority into our personal and community goals, in our

initial and ongoing formation programs
, as well as in our plans at the provincial, regional and international levels.
• Explore
alternative forms of communication
and information so as to expand our analysis of reality and its local and global implications.
• Make available to persons and groups, especially youth who want to commit themselves to service among the most poor, educative processes and concrete channels of expressing and
deepening commitment to people who are poor.
• Identify two or three
which could help us to unite our efforts with those of others working for JPIC.
• Explore and pursue, at provincial, regional, and international levels, creative, generous and courageous ways of putting our
community of goods
at the service of JPIC.” (p 29)
3 Invitations
5 Calls
5 Questions
• “Are there ways that our communities can be more open and
, places where young people can feel at home? In what ways do we need to change our
lifestyle and attitudes
• How do we learn to
share our faith
and prayer with young people in new and creative ways?
• How can we enter more deeply into the world and
culture of young people
• How are we
young people to take leadership?
• How do we deepen what it means to have the
heart of an educator
?” (p 32)
Dialogue Prayer
May we be faithful to the spirit of Sophie,
a woman of relationships and dialogue.
May we learn from her the value
of nurturing, intimacy, patience and love,
as attitudes of the heart
which draw us into communion.
With contemplative hearts inhabited by the Spirit,
may we listen to the world
as it shares its hope and suffering.
May we find in it the Heart of Jesus incarnate in history,
calling us to new relationships
with others and with all creation as one body.

Community Prayer
Recognising that from fragility
new life emerges,
let us continue to search for ways
to be sisters and brothers,
to grow in accepting
our vulnerabilities and giftedness
and to assist one another
to take life giving risks.
May our work help to build
communities that are open to all,
sharing life and faith,
dreams and struggles,
goods and resources.

Contemplation Prayer
Gracious God, help us to stop,
to choose silence,
to open and let ourselves be opened to
our inner depths
where your Spirit allows us to feel,
see and understand life and reality
with Your Heart.

Help us to develop
a listening heart,
which brings us closer to your reality
with the desire to promote
justice, peace and the care of creation.

JPIC Prayer
Jesus, God who shared our humanity,
from the pain of our peoples
we enter into Your Open Heart,
the wellspring that satisfies our thirst.
May our contemplation of Your Pierced Heart
in the heart of wounded humanity
arouse in us the desire
to commit ourselves
with greater passion and compassion
to justice, peace and the integrity of creation.

Help us to create relationships
of equality, inclusion, non-violence and harmony.
May our lives and all our activities
make visible Your Love
through solidarity
with those who are excluded.

Prayer for Young People
Gracious God, help us to
walk with young people,
to nurture their passion for justice
and care for the future of the planet.
May we encourage their desire
to live generously in the service of others.

Help us to be truly present
to those who are marginalised or lost,
and to accompany them in their search
for meaning and value in life.

May our intergenerational sharing
of life and faith,
hopes and dreams,
lead to the greater service
of the desires of Your Heart.
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