Thursday, March 13, 2008
Janet Erskine Stuart
The other day, I quoted from Reverend Mother Janet Erskine Stuart, RSCJ. She told us that we can never trust God enough. Today, I have more quotations taken from the Academy of the Sacred Heart's Annual Report featuring quotations from the writings of Mother Stuart. Since they speak to me, I want to share them with you.
Remember that the source of happiness is within ourselves. Nothing outside can give it, even if you make your circumstances ideal. Nothing can take it away."
The most blessed thing is to be an active element of joy. Joy brings God himself near.
And finally, one of my favorite quotes that appeared on the Academy of the Sacred Heart's Christmas card: To be a Joy-Bearer and a Joy-Giver says everything; it means that one is faithfully living for God and that nothing else counts; and if one gives joy to others we are doing God's work.
I hope this helps us to live with joy today; it is Lent, but Jesus came to bring us life and we communicate life when we communicate joy. It just seems appropriate for today to stress that joy does bring God near. A sad saint is a sorry saint!
When I speak of the Academy of the Sacred Heart I am speaking of the school founded by St.Philippine Duchesne, the first foundation in America made in 1818. This year I will be celebrating my 60th anniversary of graduation from high school from this dear and holy place. The children have been studying Mother Stuart's life and writings this year.