...we answer God's call - to discover and make known - the love of the Heart of Jesus...

Praying Hands
"The spirit of the Society is essentially based upon prayer and the interior life…”



These words, written by St Madeleine Sophie Barat in the introduction to the 1815 Constitutions, still hold true for RSCJ more than 200 years later. Prayer is the basis of our daily lives, our mission and interactions, our concerns for others and the world and our awareness of God’s presence and action throughout. As our 1982 Constitutions state:


“This contemplative attitude permeates our whole being,
helping us to live ever more united to Christ
in our relationships, our tasks and our ministry;
it becomes a powerful force
of conversion and transformation for mission.
In welcoming God's word
Mary gave Christ to the world.
In receiving the life of Jesus
we give ourselves with Him so that all may have life.”


Concretely, RSCJ centre their daily lives on personal prayer, nourished by the Eucharist, the study of Scripture, reading, reflection and daily examen. Communities pray together each day, meet regularly to reflect upon their lives and celebrate the Church’s seasons and feasts. 


Praying in community
Praying together

 

Each year communities and individuals write their plan for the year, which includes how they hope to live the contemplative, reflective dimension of their lives. This is how some have expressed it…

Our experience has shown us that much of our conversation is an ongoing reflection on what is happening and looking to how we go forward.
We will aim to be more conscious of this as a dimension of our lives as RSCJ.


Creating an atmosphere and space conducive to personal and community prayer
Sharing news, blessings and challenges of our lives and ministries


My plan is in daily prayer and the daily round to endeavour to be attentive to the “newness” that is the work of the Spirit.
The call in this awareness is to gratitude for the hope it generates.


To maintain a quiet atmosphere in the house before Mass


We host daily Mass in our chapel, shared with the parish. We invite our parishioners to tea/coffee with us after Mass;
joys and sorrows are shared with those who come, and we support the priests who come to celebrate the daily Eucharist.