• April


    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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  • March

    Image Credit: Onbeing.org

    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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  • February

    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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  • January

    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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Back 2019
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.