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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 2018年1月15日 Thinking of Philippine in Fukushima

聖フィリピン・デュシェーン

Thinking of Philippine in Fukushima

 

Piles of black bags filled with radiation-contaminated soil stretching far and wide.

Montones de bolsas negras llenas de tierra contaminada por radiaciones 
que se extiende a lo largo y ancho.

Piles de sacs noirs remplis de déchets et de sols contaminés par 
la radioactivité, s’étendant à perte de vue.

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Thinking 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.

Today it is easier for us to go anywhere, to reach out to people living at a distance. However, not far from us, people live far away from these benefits. The tsunami survivors with whom I have been sharing stories for the past two years are such people.

Here in Fukushima, Japan, after the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and the nuclear power plant accident, in March 2011, countless people, after all these years, are still forced to live in a very tough situation. They do not know what their life will be like, when they will be able to go back to their own town, or when they can find jobs in a safer place. They have few certainties at all.

Newcomers cannot understand fully the suffering of these survivors. However, at least, we can be with them – to walk, to cry, or to laugh with them, even when we do not have the language to show our feelings towards them. Isn’t this how we too, like Philippine, can spread the love of the heart of God and show that God is always with us?

Masako Egawa, RSCJ, Province of Japan 
Image: Masako Egawa, RSCJ

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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.