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

 

・この一年間毎月曜日に、世界各地で活動する聖心会員によるReflections (省察)が届き、このウェブページに掲載されます。

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4月23日 Living with Philippine’s Heart

聖フィリピン・デュシェーン
Living with Philippine’s Heart

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Living with Philippine’s Heart

I came to know Philippine Duchesne through stories told by one or other RSCJ, and from writings about her. Later I had the grace of visiting some places where she lived in the United States. With Philippine Duchesne, I have seen how my life is a physical, intellectual, human, psychic and spiritual journey with an open heart, like Abraham, moving towards myself, others, nature and God with a deep inner joy. Something I continue to experience linked with her is the openness in contemplating her picture on the Rebecca, crossing cultural, religious, North/South and social frontiers.

Setting out with nothing at the start of her mission, Philippine teaches me that real human poverty is not a lack of money, but rather the lack of heart or of love towards others. As Helder Camara puts it, “Nobody is so poor that he has nothing to offer; nobody is so rich that [she] does not need help.” By her person, Philippine enriches each of us. Temple of the living God, Philippine Duchesne has enabled me to see, through her being, that “to discover and manifest the love of the Heart of Christ by the service of education” is a universal heritage lived daily by every RSCJ and by everyone who decides to live by it.

N’guemta Nakoye Mannta (Juliette), RSCJ, Province of Tchad
Image: Margaret Mary Nealis, RSCJ 

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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.