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Wednesday, August 25, 2010
I grew up in St. Louis, Missouri and somehow had devotion to Saint Louis, King of France and I loved the huge bronze statue of him sitting on his horse outside of the Art Museum at the top of Art Hill in Forest Park. August 25 was my father's birthday and so it was a special day and marked the last party of the summer as after Dad's birthday we had to get ready for school. Now, school has started as we no longer wait for Labor Day to begin the new academic year.
Someone sent this to me today and I like it and want to pass the quote on to you: "Today, more than ever, we need to recognize that the gift of solitude is not ordered to the acquisition of strange contemplative powers, but, first of all, to the recovery of one’s deep self, and the renewal of an authenticity which is presently twisted out of shape by the pretentious routines of a disordered togetherness." - Contemplation in a World of Action - Merton
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.