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Friday, November 16, 2012

What a week full of grace!

The "Busy Persons' Retreat finishes today and I am back on the blog to tell you what a grace it was for me to be with six wonderful people each day. Leaving the house by 7:00 A.M. was not so easy but I was happy to have Mass or morning prayer at the school before we began to see people individually at 8:00. I found that my beautiful people all had different styles of prayer and that did not surprise me because we are all unique! What did amaze me was that they did not seem to be aware of how much prayer they had in their busy lives. It was good to be able to talk with them about God's love for each of us and how we really need that personal relation with Jesus who loves us so much; God wants us to allow Him to love us!
It was good to be part of a retreat team again and we had both lunch and dinner together all week. We close today with a prayer service and a social.
I shall put the continuation of the Canadian Society of the Sacred Heart history off until after Thanksgiving as we have St. Philippine's Feast to celebrate this week end.
 Philippine Duchesne came to America in 1818 from France and established the first convents of the Sacred Heart in Missouri and in Louisiana and her prayer and holiness attracted many vocations so that there were six schools of the Society of the Sacred Heart established within ten years. It was only in 1841 that Philippine's desire to work among the Indians was fulfilled; by then, she was over seventy but was included in the little band of missionaries that set out for Indian territory to join the Jesuit mission and educate Indian girls.
Philippine is known for her  faithful love,courage, fortitude, and generosity and also for her long hours of prayer.

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