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List of 20 news stories.

  • Anticipating Pentecost

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    “Up to this moment the Spirit has been in your heart, yes, but blocked and waiting
    cooperation in order to act.  As long as you do not give in, she will be inactive or,
    at best, limited to a very narrow field of activity.  She needs the help of your will
    in order to act fully.  There are springs which stay hidden for a long time; they are
    there but there are obstacles preventing them from flowing.  Rake off a little dirt,
    remove what hides them, and immediately clear, pure water will flow…” 
                                                    St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
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  • Laudato Si'

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    “The Spirit of life dwells in every living creature and
    calls us to enter into relationship with him” (Laudato Si’)
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  • Invitation to Hope

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    This prolonged period of uncertainty challenges each and every one of us.  What can we do?
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  • Blue Hyacinth Day

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    We must remember that each one of our children is destined for a mission in life.
    Neither we nor they can know what it is, but we must know and make them believe
    that each one has a mission in life and that she is bound to find out what it is, that there is
    some special work for God which will remain undone unless she does it,
    some place in life which no one else can fill.
    Mother Stuart
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  • We meet Jesus in the Darkness of our Doubts

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    The Gospel from this past Sunday is the story of the disciples walking to Emmaus (Luke 24:13-35). This well-known story prompted Francis to share his description of a Christian. "A person is Christian because he or she has met Jesus and has allowed Jesus to meet them." 
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  • Care of the Earth: Our Challenge

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    The 50th Anniversary seems an excellent moment to listen to the voices of our young people. Whether the voice of Greta Thunberg or the voice of Amanda Gorman, the Youth Poet Laureate of the United States, we are being called forward to act on behlaf of our common home for the sake of our children and their children and their children. Are we listening?
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  • A Call to Act in Hope

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    Across the world on Easter, we heard Andrea Bocelli give witness to his conviction as a believer in the Risen Christ first in his heart felt statement and then in the music he shared with the city, the country and the world which he loves. His prayer-concert began with these words: "On the day...
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  • Pope’s Holy Week message: ‘Creativity of love can overcome isolation’

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    A few nights ago, Pope Francis sent a video messge as Christians around the world prepare to celebrate Holy Week. Acknowledging that our celebration of Holy Week this year occurs in the midst of uncertainty due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
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  • Music is the Voice of the Soul

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    Lent is moving into Holy Week as we across the globe cope with the increasingly tragic pandemic. We watch the number of people suffering and dying from COVID-19 grow hourly. We read and hear news of our families and friends as they navigate this moment. All these experiences challenge our very hope and confidence.
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  • In a Time of Uncertainty...

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    Instructions for living a life:
    Pay attention.
    Be astonished.
    Tell about it.
    Mary Oliver
     
     
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  • Blessings

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    This Washington Post article on burnout (click here) caught my attention. According to the author burnout caused by chronic stress is widespread. I certainly see and hear more people caught by stress today than I remember in the past.
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  • Awakening of the Soul

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    During the fourth week of Lent the Gospel stories depict Jesus fully engaged in communicating the depth of God’s love.
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  • Rejoice….Laetare Sunday

    By Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    This past Sunday we reached the half way point in Lent. The word comes from the Latin laetare, the singular imperative of laetari: "to rejoice". The opening psalm or introit for the liturgy states:
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    Lent as the Season of Stillness

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    Be silent. Be still. Alone. Empty before your God.
    Say nothing. Ask nothing. Be silent. Be still.
    Let your God look upon you. That is all.
    God knows. God understands.
    God loves you with an enormous love,
    And only wants to look upon you with that love.
     
    Quiet. Still. Be. Let your God love you.
     
    -Edwina Gately
     
    Yesterday I joined the young men who are students in the Senior School of the Sacred Heart School of Halifax. This assembly begins with a prayer, part of which was this poem by Edwina Gately. Watching the students’ expressions as their school mates read the words, "Be silent. Be still. Alone. Empty before your God" remined me of the absolutely necessity of silence in our lives if we wish to attain some type of balance. Without stopping, without being still how can we sense the Mystery that lies within us in our deepest core and around us in the midst of creation?
     
     
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  • Can We Cultivate Compassion?

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    I enjoy listening to On Being with Krista Tippett each Sunday morning. A couple of weeks ago Richard Davidson spoke on "Love and Learning". There were several important topics covered during the interview, but I have continued to think about Davidson’s response to Tippett’s question: "Can we cultivate compassion?"
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  • Hybrid Skills Are the Future?

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    There has been lots of discussion over the last couple of weeks about the “hybrid skills” that will be required by us in the work place. Hybrid skills are those capacities that require the engagement of both the left and right hemispheres of our brains so that we may be both logical and creative. For example, Lauren Weber wrote about this phenomenon in an article for the Wall Street Journal in January, "The ‘Hybrid’ Skills That Tomorrow’s Jobs Will Require"  and CBS News published the article, "Hybrid Jobs: How to Make Yourself an Appealing Candidate", which outlined how one might develop the skills needed to be an appealing candidate for the job market.
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  • Called to a Mission of Love

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    This past Sunday was the final day of the World Youth Day in Panama City. Pope Francis celebrated an open-air Holy Mass at the capital’s Metro Park to conclude the World Youth Day. It is well worth reading this homily.
     
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  • Catholic Schools Week

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    In the United States, Catholic Schools Week Begins this Sunday, the very day Pope Francis will address youth gathered from across the globe in Panama for World Youth Day. This year’s theme for Catholic Schools Week is Learn. Serve. Lead. Succeed. How might we prepare ourselves to celebrate this week? I think Francis offers us some important things to consider in his homily offered at the closing liturgy at the Synod on Youth held in Rome this past October.
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  • The Beloved Community

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    But the end is reconciliation; the end is redemption; the end is the creation of the beloved
    community. It is this type of spirit and this type of love that can transform opposers into
    friends. The type of love that I stress here is not eros, a sort of esthetic or romantic love;
    not philia, a sort of reciprocal love between personal friends; but it is agape which is
    understanding goodwill for all men. It is an overflowing love which seeks nothing in return.
    It is the love of God working in the lives of people. This is the love that may well be the
    salvation of our civilization.
     
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  • Advent: Let's Attend to the Children

    Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ
    Advent comes alive for me when I spend time with children. Just look into the face of any child during these weeks of waiting for Christmas and what do you see? A sense of wonder, a sense of expectancy, a sense of excitement, and a sense of confident joy. Considering all that a child’s eyes communicates, we can see the veracity of the saying, “Our eyes are the windows into our souls.” What about the children struggling with poverty, homelessness, being on the move across borders? As their faces cross our screens daily, what do we see in their eyes? Politics aside, the death of Jakelin Caal, the seven-year-old who died at our border, disturbs and challenges all of us. Were her dreams, aspirations and sources of joy less important than those of a child whom we personally know and love? I don’t have answers, only more questions.
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Schools of the Sacred Heart share in the educational mission of the Society of the Sacred Heart as articulated in the Goals and Criteria. The structure supporting Sacred Heart education in Canada and the United States includes the Conference of Sacred Heart Education and the Network of Sacred Heart Schools.  Together they provide services and programs to ensure vitality of mission for the member schools sponsored by the Society of the Sacred Heart.