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Friday, May 25, 2007
The Holy Spirit
The Holy Spirit comes to enpower us.
As we are preparing for Pentecost, it is good to remember that today, the Feast of St. Madeliene Sophie Barat, Foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart, she still leaves us her strong message of living attentive to the Holy Spirit. Sophie was from the little town of Joigny in France. She always stayed in touch with who she was and where she came from and she lived and preached humility all her life. She had a vision and prayed and worked to see that it was carried out. She wanted to glorify the Heart of Jesus and urged her daughters to live in union with Jesus. She was and is concerned with each of the members of the Society in whatever part of the world we find ourselves. I remember her coming to me in a dream my first year in Chile and, while I no longer remember her words, I do know that I woke up full of peace and joy and felt that she had come to give me direction in my dream. May she help us all to live attentive to the Holy Spirit.
Hello, my name is Helen Rosenthal, RSCJ. Those initials stand for Religious of the Sacred Heart in Latin, French, Italian, and Spanish. Since my religious congregation began in France in 1800 and now is all over the world, we have kept the RSCJ. By now you know that I am not only known as Dr. Helen Rosenthal, but also as Sister Helen Rosenthal.
I am the oldest of four children. We were all born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri. We lived in a big house with a playroom on the third floor. On Sundays we either went to my paternal grandmother's house where her six children would gather faithfully for supper or we would have my mother's father and our great aunt and uncle for a roast beef dinner at home. In summer, I would go to the lake with my Dad and I still love to swim.