This year it feels as though Lent has been especially bloody and violent. In the last few weeks alone there have been terrorist attacks in Yemen, Ivory Coast, Iraq and Turkey... and then yesterday it was the turn of Belgium, home to several RSCJ communities and schools.
Of course, every good family needs a matriarch - and ours has Sophie. In 1904, as the Society was being expelled from France and the motherhouse relocated to Brussels, her body was exhumed and taken to Belgium. I'm sure she is joining her prayer to ours, not just for the family but for the entire country which gave her refuge and rest for just over a century.
And every family also has a common name and identity - and ours is Love; is the Heart of Jesus, open, tender and compassionate. May we never forget that: now, more than ever, we need to be that Love, be that Heart, in a world in danger of being torn apart through fear and division. And may we continue to deepen and strengthen our union in love and prayer, rooting ourselves, individually and collectively, in this Love whose power, working within us, can and will be stronger than hate.
You might also want to read this reflection on our Province website, and the Easter Triduum reflection on our international website.