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Heart Magazine, Winter 2008

Heart Magazine, Winter 2008

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…to Heart 
Recently you and I have found ourselves caughtup in a whirlwind of change, globally, nationally,locally, and probably personally. The changeshave been rapid and complex, and there areconnections among all of them: the global and national economy, new governmental/political leadership, family finances and employment,international concerns about war and peace, and the effects of the forcesof nature. We may be asking, “What should I do? How should Irespond?” as we are forced to make big decisions, sometimes very quickly.There can be good news in this: we are all in it together. A kind of solidarity forms when no one has all the answers and the best pathforward is “living into the questions.” That is how our newest community in New Orleans puts it. I would add that living “in solidarity” is aresponse and may be the answer. Living into the questions with others,finding fruitful, effective ways to participate in a common life, and lettingour leaders know what the group’s values are will make the changes thathave to happen “ours.”Maybe in a subtle way, we are being called to seek the “common good”—not just my own good, and not the good of some or even “most,” but thegood of all. This common good can be sought on different levels: within afamily, a school, a religious community, a city, this nation, and the worldcommunity. It comes from an attitude of heart. Change can be threateningbecause it involves loss—but it can also open up new opportunities forhow we live in this world. Gandhi said: “Be the change you want to seein the world”—and I would love to see us “be it”
.My prayer and hope-filled wishes for you thisnew year!Gratefully,Paula Toner, RSCJProvincial
 Dear Friends,
is a wonderful place toshare good stories. And I amhonored to meet you here. With an underlying theme of “spirituality made manifest,” this issue generated a realcollaborative effort—and extra pages. Inaddition to bylined writers and everyonequoted, special thanks go to: Lolin Menéndezand Paquita Tamayo, for
General Chapter 2008 
;Elizabeth Walsh, for the
Higher Education Ministries 
compilation; Martha Curry andFrances Gimber, for the history behind
Sesquicentennial Celebration in Chicago 
; andour graphic designer Peggy Nehmen, forphotographic coverage in
Some New Faces and A Whole New Space 
.In case we ever wondered exactly where Godis,
Reflections from the Heart 
Breaking the Siege 
remind us that spirituality shows upin the darndest places.
Integral Spirituality 
reemphasizes that reality.Spiral images deserve a mention here. Fromthe “spiral dance” in Peru spoken of by newly elected superior general Kathleen Conan to thespiral winds that inspired
 After the Storm Stories 
to our cosmic cover, it is evident that as the world turns, all of us in it revolve and evolvetogether.Please let me know your thoughts about thestories we should tell.
Susan Switzer,Editor
 WINTER 2008
The Society of the Sacred Heart was foundedby Saint Madeleine Sophie Barat in post-revolutionary France and brought to theUnited States by Saint Philippine Duchesnein 1818. For more information about themission and ministries of the U.S. Province,please visit
U.S. Provincial Team: 
Paula Toner, RSCJ, Provincial Anne Byrne, RSCJMarina Hernandez, RSCJMary Kay Hunyady, RSCJNancy Kehoe, RSCJ
Susan Switzer
Peggy Nehmen
Copy Editor: 
Frances Gimber, RSCJPlease send address changes for
or to
editor at theaddress below. Article proposals, manuscriptsand letters for publication are welcome.Society of the Sacred Heart, U.S. Province4100 Forest Park Avenue, Suite A St. Louis, MO 63108314-652-1500Fax: 314-534-6800
is published three times a year to highlightthe mission and ministries of the Society of theSacred Heart, U.S. Province, for a wide circleof friends.The covers, photographs of hearts innature, symbolic of Christ’s presence at the heartof the universe, bear witness to the contemplativedimension of the Society’s “wholly contemplative, wholly apostolic” mission: to discover and revealGod’s love through the service of education.
 WINTER 2008 Vol. 6, No.3
4Election 2008: Another Way to Choose Leaders
The election of Kathleen Conan, RSCJ, as superior general, and the selectionof Paula Toner, RSCJ, as provincial.
6Sesquicentennial Celebration in Chicago
Celebrating the legacy of Sacred Heart education and outreach.
Saintes Savantes 
Recent developments in the Sacred Heart higher education ministry.By Nancy Kehoe, RSCJ
10Campaign on Course
Encouraging words about the Mission Advancement Capital Campaign.By Shirley Miller, RSCJ, and Deacon Larry Vaclavik, Dini Partners
In Memoriam
12Some New Faces and a Whole New Space
Photos of the provincial house staff in the new offices at 4100 Forest Park Avenue.
13A Context for Listening to the Holy Spiri
Photos and commentary from the Society’s 34th General Chapterin Lima, Peru.
17Integral Spirituality: God Really IS Everywhere
Excerpts from an address to the Spirituality Forum held at Loyola University,Chicago,plus personal comment. By Maureen Glavin, RSCJ
20Essay: Breaking the Siege
 An on-the-scene account of a breakthrough at Gaza.By Anne Montgomery, RSCJ
22Spirituality: Reflections from the Heart 
Spiritual growth in an unexpected venue.By Frances Dickey, Associate
24After the Storm Stories
How New Orleans, Houston, Grand Coteau and even Bloomfield Hillssurvived violent weather.
26The Book Page
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