Come and draw from the well

Spiritual center operated by the religious of the Sacred Heart of Jesus

La spiritualité du Sacré-Cœur

The spirituality of the Sacred Heart

The spirituality of the religious of the Sacred Heart is based on a fundamental intuition: “going to the heart of life with the attitudes and sentiments of the Heart of Jesus”, an intuition clearly expressed in par.8 of their Constitutions.

For us, life, community, apostolic service,
all spring from our union and conformity
with the Heart of Jesus.
This grace of vocation
is a way of conversion and of apostolic fruitfulness.
The pierced Heart of Jesus
opens our being to the depths of God
and to the anguish of humankind.
Jesus draws us into His movement of adoration of the Father
and love for all, especially those who are poor.
We keep returning to this word of Jesus,
As to a light which gradually transforms us in His image:
“Learn of Me, because I am gentle and humble of heart.” (Mt. 11:29)

For Sophie Barat, “the spirit of the Society is essentially based upon prayer and the interior life” (Constitutions 17).The Spirit who works in us, transforms us within, and we can contemplate the world with the eyes of Jesus. This is not something magical, it is a process which makes us grasp from within the love of God dwelling in us.
Sophie saw how important it is to preserve the interior life; there are two ways of living it:

  • stimulated by the love of God,
  • stimulated by the situation of the world.

We cannot exist without the interior life, without prayer. Today there are people who are ardently seeking interiority, a more silent prayer. Our spirituality is rooted in our deep relationship with Jesus, and it has been given to us for the good of the Church and the world. This is how we express our Mission: “To discover and reveal the Love of God”; and the particular expression of that Love is union and conformity with the Heart of Jesus.