聖ローズ・ フィリピン・ デュシェーン渡米200年祝い

2017-12-19

聖心会二人目の聖人、聖ローズ・フィリピン・デュシェーンが大西洋を渡りアメリカ大陸に上陸されてから200年、聖心会では今世界中の聖心会員、聖心家族を巻き込んでの祝祭の時を迎えております。

フィリピンは生涯、根気強い祈りと勇敢な行動を通して、神のみ旨を探していきました。この彼女の精神を学んでいきたく、この1年間、モット一「越えていこう 情熱と勇気」のもとに聖心家族が志を一つにして過ごすことを願い、数々の呼びかけをお送りします。是非ご覧ください。

 

・聖心会第17代総長Sr. バーバラ・ドーソンからの、すべての聖心関係者に宛てたお手紙。
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・アメリカ・カナダ管区200周年委員会からは、この一年のために準備された聖女の軌跡を辿る様々な企画についてのお知らせとお誘い。
  アメリカ・カナダ管区「フィリピン・デュシェーン200周年委員会」からの呼びかけ

 

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june_112018年6月11日 Crossing Boundaries – Breaking Barriers 日本語訳「境界線を越え-障壁を崩して」
フィリピン・デュシェーンは私たちに、開拓者の心を提示します。人々の言葉の通り彼女は深い祈りの女性であり、その時代のセントチャールスやフロリッサンの世界で、自分の心の言葉で話す女性でした。彼女は言語、文化、気候や隔たりなどのあらゆる不確かなことに怯まず、それどころか地中に埋もれた小さな種のように、死と新たな誕生という緩やかな時の経過の中で豊かな収穫を得ました。
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june_42018年6月4日 To Be and to Act as One Body  日本語訳「一つの体となり、一つの体として行動すること」
聖心会は最近私たちに「その中心から愛によって動かされる一つの体として行動するように…」と呼びかけています。「命が様々な相互の繋がりを形作りながら、各部分にエネルギーと柔軟性を与えています。一つの部分に影響を与えるものは、全身にも影響します。」 
2016年聖心会総会文書 15ページ
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may_14_02018年5月14日 Woman With A Global Heart 日本語訳「グローバル・ハートの女性」
フィリピン・デュシェーンは、21世紀の世界に住む私たちにとって特にふさわしい模範ではないかと私は思っています。なぜなら彼女は世界を網羅する心、グローバル・ハートの持ち主だからです。
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may_72018年5月7日 Staying 日本語訳「留まる」
私たちのなかのフィリピンに対する尊敬の念と、彼女によって掻き立てられるインスピレーションを知ったなら、フィリピンはさぞびっくりするでしょう。何年も前、初めてフィリピンについて聞いた時、私は彼女の宣教に対する熱意に強い印象を受けました。
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april_162018年4月16日 Learning from Philippine, Woman of Faith 日本語訳 「信仰の人フィリピンから学ぶこと」 
フィリピンが列聖されて、ここ、インドネシア地域へのミッションが始まると知らされた時の私たちは大きな喜びに満たされました。
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april_22018年4月2日 Truest Joy 日本語訳「ほんものの喜び 」
歳を重ねて自分はもう何をするにも歳を取り過ぎていると思っている人たちよ!フィリピン・デュシェーンの生き方をたどって見ながら、インスピレーションをいただこうではありませんか!
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march_262018年3月26日 Grace and Grit 日本語訳「神の恩寵、不屈の気力―絵の語ること」
絵が大声を上げたり、ひそひそ話をすることなどあるでしょうか。この絵は、神の恩寵と不屈の気力について大声で語り、十字架について小声でささやくのです。
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march_12_02018年3月12日 Philippine at a crossroad 日本語訳「十字路におけるフィリピン」
フィリピン・デュシェーンという人物を語る上で欠かせないことは、彼女が並ならぬ不屈の精神を 持った女性であったことでしょう。神への完全な信頼のうちに勇敢で毅然とした行動で彼女は、数多の困難を乗り越えたことで知られています。
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feb262018年2月26日 Philippine’s Cross 日本語訳「フィリピンの十字架」
聖心会の修道女は、終生誓願を立てる際に身に着ける十字架が与えられます。この写真は、フィリピンが授かった十字架で、1914年以後、ローマの聖心会のアーカイブに保存されてきました。
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jan_15_02018年1月15日 Thinking of Philippine in Fukushima 日本語訳「フィリピン・デュシェーン」
彼女は神からの強い呼びかけに動かされ、北米の先住民ポタワトミ族に神の愛を伝えるため、まったく何も知らない土地へ、飛行機ではなく船で、10時間とか12時間ではなく2ヶ月かけて旅にでました。インターネットもなく、スマホもなく、スカイプもない時代に。
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dec_112017年12月11日 Healing Love 日本語訳「癒しの愛」
1804年の春ソフィ・バラは病に伏し、パリの医者たちは症状を和らげることはできても病を治癒するすべを知りませんでした。ところが1806年7月、フィリピン・デュシェーンを訪ねてグルノーブルで数週間過ごした時に転機が訪れました。この時
ソフィは、フィリピンの看護により健康を取り戻したのです。
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 2018年6月18日 The woman who prays always

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 The woman who prays always

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The woman who prays always

Since we were children, educated in a Sacred Heart school, we learnt to recognize the name of Philippine Duchesne as the first missionary of the congregation, without many details, but we knew of whom we were speaking.

Now, as a religious, the invocation of this outstanding woman is embedded in my heart; she was courageous in feeling herself insignificant, the good sister of the community who hastened to offer her services without being noticed, who tenderly welcomed the little ones in the school and who made up for the difficulty of making herself understood in a language that she never mastered.

One wonders how she was able to pass just as one among others, without the gift of a foreign language, but the Potawatomi give us the clue: she was the woman who prays always. That is her great gift, not just to our congregation but to the Church and the world of today. She gave that powerful witness of being the woman in whom people felt and experienced the presence of God.

The truly effective witness is that of a life in which the greatness of the humility of God vibrates. The deep and effective lesson of total self-giving in Jesus, who accepted to become one of us: limited but not worthless, powerless but not useless, close to us yet containing all the potential of the Trinitarian God, is what Philippine understood and what we and all the family of the Sacred Heart feel and love.

Philippine: the woman who prays always
Allow us to draw near very quietly, 
While you pray, caught up in this thirsting world
And to learn as you did, the wise way 
Of serving the water that springs up from the Eternal.
May we be always watchful
And allow God to pour forth his torrent
And reinvigorate the development of a people
Who are seeking solutions in the puddles
And are unable to find in our lives
The overflowing selflessness of God.
Help us to pray as you did
To pay the price of silence
And to receive joyfully the gift of a prayer
In which God’s gift of self
Overflows among God’s people.

Estela Henao, RSCJ, Province of Colombia
Image: Milton Frenzel

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Year of Prayer – June 18

june_18The woman who prays always
Since we were children, educated in a Sacred Heart school, we learnt to recognize the name of Philippine Duchesne as the first missionary of the congregation, without many details, but we knew of whom we were speaking.
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Year of Prayer – June 11

june_11Crossing Boundaries – Breaking Barriers
Philippine Duchesne offers us the heart of a “frontier woman.” She was a woman of deep prayer, as others described her, and a woman who spoke with her heart in the Saint Charles and Florissant world of her time. She was undaunted by language, culture, climate, distances and uncertainties of every kind. Instead, like a humble seed in the earth, she garnered a rich harvest in the slow process of dying and birthing.
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Year of Prayer – June 4

june_4To Be and to Act as One Body
The Society has recently called us “to act as one body…” moved from its center by Love. Within this body, life flows, weaving different kinds of connections, bringing energy and flexibility to each part. What affects one of these parts affects the whole body.

General Chapter of the Society of the Sacred Heart, 2016, p. 15.

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Year of Prayer – May 21

may_28A Community of Three
My first community was named “Duchesne,” and it was on the Feast of Philippine that I entered the novitiate in the Philippines. Since then Philippine has had a place in my heart, and I have been deeply inspired by her life of prayer and zeal for mission. From her story, I learned that her first desire for mission was to go to my country but that God had another plan for her. With all these connections, I felt close to her and often turned to her for help.
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Year of Prayer – May 21

may_21Silence
Philippine‘s life is marked by many qualities. What stands out for me is her silence, which attracted many in her day and still seizes our hearts today. 
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Year of Prayer – May 14

may_14_0Woman With A Global Heart
I find Philippine Duchesne to be a particularly inviting model for our twenty-first century world because she had a global heart.
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Year of Prayer – May 7

may_7Staying
I think that Philippine would be very surprised by the admiration and inspiration that she arouses in us. Years ago, when I heard about her for the first time, I was impressed by her desire to be a missionary. I was struck by the fact that, with all that needed to be done in her country, with the great needs and challenges of the society of her time, she looked beyond her own frontiers and wanted to bring the love of the heart of Christ “to the ends of the earth”.
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Year of Prayer – April 30

april_30Beyond the Limits of our Sight
Philippine dreamed big and listened wide for the voice, the call, of God. Whether working with those in need closer to home in Grenoble, or giving herself to a pull that would take her away from that which was physically familiar and ever deeper into the diverse terrain of the Heart where she made her true home, Philippine responded with disponibilité, creativity, and a broad, inclusive desire to make God’s love known.
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Year of Prayer – April 23

april_23Living with Philippine’s Heart
I came to know Philippine Duchesne through stories told by one or other RSCJ, and from writings about her.
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Year of Prayer – April 16

april_16Learning from Philippine, Woman of Faith
What comes to mind when you hear Philippine’s name? This question surfaced one day for us when younger members of the Indonesian region had gathered. We were delighted to learn that the Indonesian mission began when Philippine was canonized. We are blessed that Philippine, a woman of courage and faithfulness, is patron of our area.
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Year of Prayer – April 9

april_9The New Frontier
“Domine, in simplicitate cordis meus laetus obtuli universa…”
After the fall of communism in Russia, Moscow became a special place of mission for RSCJ. In the time of Philippine, numbers of residents of the village of Florissant were baptized each Easter. Every year, numbers of adults, prepared by the RSCJ of Moscow, receive the sacraments of Christian initiation at Easter.
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Year of Prayer – April 2

april_2Truest Joy
To those of us who think we are too old to do something, we have only to look to Philippine Duchesne for inspiration. 
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Year of Prayer – March 26

march_26Grace and Grit: Mysticism and the Cross
Can a painting shout and whisper? This one does. It shouts of grace and grit; it whispers about the cross.
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Year of Prayer – March 19

march_19Toward the Unknown
One who starts out toward the unknown does not see the difficulties of the path right away because the gaze is directed in the distance.So Philippine, when she embarked on the Rebecca on March 21, 1818, and sailed toward an unknown world, was nearly fifty years old; but she had the energy of youth, the urgency to carry the Gospel to those who did not know it, and a heart full of hope.
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Year of Prayer – March 12

march_12_0Philippine at a crossroad
To write about Philippine is to focus our gaze on someone who stood out because of her persistence. A valiant and determined woman, she overcame many hardships with the strength of one who knows she possesses a truth, that of the love of God, which must be known further afield by more people.
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Year of Prayer – March 5

march_5Virtues Needed to Cross Frontiers: prayer, missionary zeal and humility
Prayer shaped Philippine’s life, helping her to embrace only what was essential in life, God’s promptings.
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Year of Prayer – February 26

feb26Philippine’s Cross
When RSCJ make their perpetual profession of vows, they receive a cross to wear. This is a photo of the cross given to Philippine; it has been stored in our central archives in Rome since 1914.
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Year of Prayer – February 19

feb_19_0Handling a Broken Heart
“Strong was her heart that heard God’s voice when first it called across the seas” … This is the first line of the song sung on Philippine’s feast, but it does not really reflect how that heart became so strong, many years before the call “across the seas.”
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Year of Prayer – February 12

feb_12None of this is reassuring if we do not see God in the storm

“The creaking masts, the sails hastily folded or torn to pieces, the helm abandoned in order to ease the ship, all this is not pleasant for those who do not see God in the storm.”1

Philippine, an energetic woman, a lover of truth, did not hesitate to describe what was not ‘beautiful’ in the Rebecca’s journey. She says in her letter, “I shall not conceal from you the dangers of the sea nor my own weakness.”2
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Year of Prayer – February 5

feb_5What boat must we take?
All of us in the Sacred Heart family are invited by the General Chapter to cross new frontiers. This means being alert like sentinels scanning the horizon, so that we are ready to love that territory most distant from us and feel “pulled” so that we swing into action.
 
 
 

Year of Prayer – January 29

jan_29-2Facing the Unknown 
Rebecca feels the breeze
stirring the ribbons on your travel-hat
and soon you will be summoned
ALL ABOARD!
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Year of Prayer – January 22

jan_22Roots and Branches
Strong as an oak tree and at the same time flexible in the face of any changes and challenges – this is Philippine Duchesne. It is not only her name that evokes an oak tree; it is even more her character – or is it more than that? Is it her rootedness in God?
The oak tree sends its roots deep into the earth, which makes it strong, resistant to heavy winds and severe thunderstorms. At the same time the oak tree can adjust to different conditions, such as changes of climate.
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Year of Prayer – January 15

jan_15_0Thinking of Philippine in Fukushima
Philippine Duchesne was moved by a strong call from God to go and be with native people in North America. Passion to bring the love of God led her to a land and people unknown to her. She travelled by ship, which took her two months – no internet, no smart phone, no Skype. While in America, she had to wait and wait for the letters from Sophie Barat. Faith, courage and patience enabled her to carry on her mission to spread the love of the Heart of God.
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Year of Prayer – January 8

jan_8The Wise Men’s Star

I have chosen a single small event from the history of the beginning of missionary life of St. Philippine Duchesne, without which, probably, the further history would not exist. One day, when Philippine was in the girls’ dormitory (1-10-1806), she was contemplating the detachment of the wise men. This was the moment when she desired to follow in their footsteps. A sign that she considered to be a confirmation of the true desire to be was the feeling of internal freedom. She desired to devote herself to preaching to non-believers.
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Year of Prayer – December 25

Heart to Heart for Heartsdec_25
Ever since I have come to know St. Philippine, she has become my friend and companion on my spiritual journey. Philippine’s voyage to the New World resulted from a profound conversation and call from the Heart to her heart for all hearts. God beckoned her to let go, take action and move, to trust in the winds that would pelt the sails of her Rebecca, and to hold onto the rudder tightly and courageously on the high seas.
 
 

Year of Prayer – December 18

Pools of Silence in This Thirsty Land*dec_18
There is much in Philippine’s life of prayer that could be a source of reflection for us, but today let us focus on just one aspect – how her prayer touched and inspired others, especially her beloved Potawatomi. 
 
 

Year of Prayer – December 11

Healing Lovedec_11
In the spring of 1804 Sophie Barat was seriously ill, and doctors in Paris could only ease her condition, not cure it. A turning point came in July 1806, when Sophie spent some weeks in Grenoble with Philippine Duchesne. During this visit Philippine nursed Sophie back to health. However, this recovery took place only when Sophie had left Grenoble, but she was sure it was due to Philippine’s loving care.
On 1 August 1806, Sophie wrote to Philippine telling her how much their deepening friendship meant to her and how she had been healed:
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Year of Prayer – December 4

What Drove Her to Prayer?dec_4
In 1841 Philippine Duchesne arrived at a new frontier – St. Mary’s Mission in Sugar Creek, Kansas. There she lived with people who today we would call internally displaced persons. The Potawatomi had not only been forcibly displaced from their traditional homeland in Indiana, but had suffered deaths, and murders of family members by American militia along the Trail of Death. These events took place between 1838-1840, just before Philippine’s arrival.
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Year of Prayer – November 27

Waiting on Godnov_27
Dear Philippine,
When I first met you I was impressed by your many qualities, which spoke deeply to my heart. Today I wish to reflect with you about your patient waiting, in faith and hope, to fulfil your dreams.
It began in 1792 when the monastery where you were a novice was confiscated and you had to return home. Then followed years of waiting before joining the Society, going to America, and finally, in 1841, to the Potawatomi, too old and sick to do anything but be “the woman who prays always.”
 
 

Year of Prayer – November 20

1_pd_2_karam_2_aPrayer of the Potawatomi on Hearing of the Death of Philippine
She comes, Great Spirit,
She comes soon.
Comfort her spirit and care for her passage.
Let the grasses of the fields whisper her homecoming….
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Year of Prayer Journal

ruthy_sarwall_ol004aIt may surprise you to know that Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne often wrote in a journal, keeping track of the events of the day, the people who visited, important moments and celebrations – in a word, providing a record of the life of the community. In fact, the cover of this journal is the opening page of one of her “House Journals,” a recording – for posterity – of the significant life events in the earliest days of the St. Charles foundation, Philippine’s first home in the New World.