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Horizons Quarterly

February 2015

This issue of HORIZONS is about experiences that have been particularly meaningful in our living of consecrated life as Religious of the Sacred Heart. Seco tells us how God used her vow of obedience to lead her to the special way she would use her unknown gifts to serve the Society. Jo shares how Our Lady of Guadalupe guided her over and over again in her search for where God wanted her to be. Susan Nankya describes how a great aunt who was a Gogonya Sister taught her the way of joyful service so characteristic of her own life. Paulina describes how her struggle to do pastoral work in the Society of the Sacred Heart, so one-mindedly dedicated to education, was finally vindicated and Margie tells of an experience in 1979 that has made her feel risky places are a good place to be.

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November 2014

I would like to begin with a quotation from Pope Francis’s exhortation THE JOY OF THE GOSPEL par. 264: The primary reason for evangelizing is the love of Jesus which we have received, the experience of salvation which urges us to ever greater love for him. What kind of love would not feel the need to speak of the beloved, to point him out, to make him known?...Standing before him with open hearts, letting him look at us, we see that gaze of love which Nathaniel glimpsed on the day when Jesus said to him, “I saw you under the fig tree.” (Jn 1:48) And in Par. 265 Francis says: Sometimes...we forget that the Gospel responds to our deepest needs, since we were created for what the Gospel offers us: friendship with Jesus and love of our brothers and sisters...We have a ...message which cannot mislead or disappoint. It penetrates to the depths of our hearts...It is a truth which is never out of date because It reaches that part of us that nothing else can reach. For me this sums up the basic motivation in our mission of education as Religious of the Sacred Heart. We have experienced Christ’s love, we have felt his gaze upon us, and we know that the best gift that we can give to our children, their parents, our teachers, whatever group of people we work with, is to enable them to experience that love in their turn. This issue of HORIZONS is about the five virtues or good habits Sacred Heart network schools try to instil in the children, teachers, parents, alumnae and support staff of our schools and the means used. It queries how we can adapt these means to other ministries than formal education.

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MAY 2014

This issue of HORIZONS is based on the Easter season and on the new booklet on Formation which all RSCJ have received. The theme is NEW LIFE, a resurrection we receive after an experience of dying in some way. Secondina Baitwababo describes the effect on her of a book about clearing out the clutter in our lives and how it has helped her to live simply and joyfully as a religious person should. Jo Wright tells of her call to take on the Elementary section in our school in Halifax and the life it gave her. Ursula describes her experience of going back to teaching young adolescents after 19 years out of the classroom. Flo Tumukunde tells of the impact on her of the death of her beloved grandmother, and Mary Atukunda describes her trials trying to find work as a teacher. God is always forming us, often in surprising ways, and all formation involves both death and resurrection. As the formation booklet points out, ‘we have lived through times of crisis that have opened the door to new opportunities’ so that ‘For us RSCJ, formation is a way of being open to life, a constant invitation to learn, to grow, to let ourselves be transformed.’

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NOVEMBER 2013

This is the last HORIZONS for 2013. The theme, one might say, is journeys: a reflection on the journey we must all make sooner or later through death (appropriate to the month of November); Seco’s journey through two years’ rich experience in America; Paulina’s journey to and from Nairobi when she needed a break and Sr. Bernie Porter needed a translator, Ana Maria Uribe’s journey back to the UGK Province more than a decade after leaving and Irene’s journey into higher education after years of experience as a hard-working teacher. November 18th is the Feast of St Philippine Duchesne rscj who undertook a hazardous journey from France to America in 1818, fired with a longing to make God’s love known to the broken Indian tribes. Her work was other than she had imagined but the fruits of her 31 years’ labour show that God blessed every step of the way

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August 2013

This third issue of HORIZONS for 2013 has its main theme RELATIONSHIPS. Dolores Aleixandre wrote her Open Letter to Pope Francis shortly after he was elected, overjoyed at the clear indications already that Papa Francesco would be a man closely related to others, Bishop of Rome rather than Supreme Pontiff, reaching out to ordinary people. Patience, a young RSCJ in Mbiko, spends her days relating to students and fellow teachers, her community and even her multitude of golden brown hens whom she loves. Hilary, bringing a group of students from Newcastle to Kalungu (near Masaka), marvels at the wonderful friendships that developed between her girls and the Kalungu students and RSCJ. Phina, RSCJ bursar of Sacred Heart Primary School, tells of the good relationships between RSCJ, teaching staff, parents, villagers and our children that resulted in such a joy-filled day on the school’s 10th anniversary. And Goretti Asio, now a novice, tells of her experience in Karamoja

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May 2013

The theme of this issue is clear from the opening of the first article on the work being done in Laini Saba Primary School, Kibera, Nairobi, where the water of life pours from the tabernacle in the Blessed Sacrament chapel to nourish everyone. That same life is being poured out for the people with AIDS and their children in Moroto, through Sr. Itae; for the rural women through Sr. Paulina; for the asylum seekers in London through Sr. Rose Gichangi; for the mentally disabled children through Sr. Becky. And then, Sr. Betty Nakyanzi immersed herself in the water of life through her experience of walking along the shores of Lake Galilee, where the Lord walked 2000 years ago. She came back from the Holy Land marveling, overjoyed by her pilgrimage. Only a taste of what she wanted to share can be included in HORIZONS. Barbara FitzGerald, a good friend of all of us, has also contributed her impressions of her recent 3-week visit (not the first by any means) to Kenya and Uganda.

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February 2013

This first issue of HORIZONS for 2013 grows out of our experience as Naoi Community of losing the child Ichumar Michael in Kampala and finding him after 3 weeks of anguish in a prison for street children 30 miles West of Kampala. It opened our eyes to the whole thorny problem of the way street children live and how they are treated. In Uganda there are authorized round-ups of these children by the police and detention in prison-like conditions for the 'crime' of being poor and homeless. I hope these articles will give our friends in other parts of the world an inkling of how the global problem of street children manifests itself in Africa.

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