Thursday, September 10, 2015

If I had My Life to Live over Again

“If I had my life to live over again
I would seek to live in complete openness
to the Holy Spirit.”
St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

We have all launched the 2015-2016 Academic Year.  In the tradition of such a moment, our colleague schools have had or are about to bless the year at the Mass of the Holy Spirit. All of us are familiar with the idea that St. Madeleine Sophie Barat is said to have claimed that she would founded the Society of the Sacred Heart for the sake of one child.  I wonder if we know that she actually wrote on more than one occasion this quote about living in complete openness to the Holy Spirit. 

This school year marks the beginning of a new chapter in the life of the Network of Sacred Heart Schools as we launch our new structure.  The image of a coin with two sides has been used to explain our new way of organizing the 24 Schools of the Sacred Heart in Canada and the United States in concert with the Provincial Team of the USC Province.  On the one side, Ian Humphreys, Director of Network Planning and Programs will work with the faculties and staffs of the schools in the design of programs for both our adult communities and our students.  On the other side, I will work with the Heads, Chairs and Boards. We at the Network and Conference Office are just beginning this new adventure.  We ask you to pray for Ian, for Nadia Sadeghian Gonzalez, the Network Office Manager and for me.

I offer this blog as a reflection for leaders within the Network.  I hope this reflection on our roles as Leaders of the Sacred Heart who are engaged in Sacred Heart education will be beneficial.  Sometimes the blog will focus on spirituality; other times it will comment on best practices in Catholic independent schools that are rooted in St. Madeleine Sophie’s charisma and further the values inherent in the Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education.  In time, I hope we can make the blog interactive.

Today I leave you with the following prayer of St. Augustine :

Breathe in us, O Holy Spirit, that our thoughts may all be holy. Act in us, O Holy Spirit, that our work, too, may be holy. Draw our hearts, O Holy Spirit, that we love but what is holy. Strengthen us, O Holy Spirit, to defend all that is holy. Guard us, then, O Holy Spirit, that we always may be holy. Amen.