Intimately Linked to the Sacred Heart

Every time I hear anyone speak of the Sacred Heart of Jesus or of the Blessed Sacrament I feel an indescribable joy. It is as if a wave of precious memories, sweet affections and joyful hopes sweep over my poor person, making me tremble with happiness and filling my soul with tenderness.
— Pope St John XXIII

Greetings to dearest Sisters in Christ as we continue in this Eastertide jubilation – all the way to Pentecost Sunday, June 9.  It is not easy to keep celebrating!  Yet as Seven Sisters we trust for the stamina to press on further still - to meet the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (June 28) with happiness, tender souls and indescribable JOY (St John XIII). 

 As Seven Sisters we find ourselves in the sweet spot: at the close of our discernment in May moving into our profession of God’s Will for us in June (on or near the Feast of the Sacred Heart). Please inform your Anchoress TODAY (if you haven’t already) whether you will continue with your group another year or depart from its schedule and commitment.  We hope to keep the Holy Hours seamless, as we have guaranteed them, for each priest and bishop.  Keeping your Anchoress updated is vital.

 Whether remaining or leave-taking – eternal gratitude!  Every sacrifice, every prayer bears eternal worth, for love is the lasting thing.  New beginnings and renewals alike hold great graces – each entering the Will and vivacity of the infinite love of Christ through His Sacred Heart for you!                                                  

 My return to the Catholic Faith (03/20/99) is intimately linked to the Sacred Heart. The first religious image I purchased for my home was that of the Sacred Heart. It was affixed to my bedroom wall near my bed.  Those early morning moments were oft spent gazing on the image.  Grace upon grace in those days, I sensed a deep assurance – then deeper still - of the truth and love of God through His Church, specifically through the Eucharist.  “In the Sacred Heart every treasure of wisdom and knowledge is hidden. In that Divine Heart beats God’s infinite love for everyone, for each one of us individually” (Pope St John Paul II).  All told, everyone is intimately linked to the Sacred Heart for the defining assurance of the full truth of the Eucharist as source and summit of our life, our Faith.  It is fitting then that the Apostolate universally renews its commitment in this month dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. Its Eucharistic and pastoral themes are the firm influence.  Many Seven Sisters (myself included) use the Novena to the Sacred Heart (pg 10 in Guidelines Booklet) every offered Holy Hour for their priest recipient.  St Padre Pio prayed it for everyone asking him for prayer.

 According to the Directory on Popular Piety (written for bishops and their collaborators as a pastoral guide linking the relationship between liturgy and popular piety), devotion to the Sacred Heart has been a vital part of Christian devotion since the beginning. When viewed, “in the light of the Scriptures, the term ‘Sacred Heart of Jesus’ denotes the entire mystery of Christ, the totality of his being, and his person considered in its most intimate essential: Son of God, uncreated wisdom; infinite charity, principal of the salvation and sanctification of mankind. The ‘Sacred Heart’ is Christ, the Word Incarnate, Saviour, intrinsically containing, in the Spirit, an infinite divine-human love for the Father and for his brothers.” Every word seems to dovetail into the heart of our Apostolate!

 “There is in the Sacred Heart the symbol and express image of the infinite love of Jesus Christ which moves us to love in return” (Pope Leo XIII).  Recommitting our work of prayer in this month of special meaning and special graces fortifies our mission.   As we take hold of the truth of the immense individual love that the Sacred Heart of Jesus bears for us and rightly remain open to learn and pray forth the immense individual love Jesus bears for the priest/bishop for whom one prays… we can do nothing short of persevering in prayer – and rejoicing.  “Love overcomes, love delights, those who love the Sacred Heart rejoice” (St Bernadette Soubirous).  It (super)naturally flows   that we beseech sanctity and nothing less for the recipient of our prayers.“I must become a great saint – my Jesus wants it” (St Bernadette Soubirous).

 As the Apostolate grows in height (number) and width (globally), there presents a call for a challenge to growth in depth.  Many Seven Sisters have given testimony to that very thing:  to the joy of increased focus and discernment in prayer, and greater liberty and peace in relying on the Holy Spirit for development in prayer during the Hour.  Others share they are motivated to additionally offer sacrifices for the priest during the day they are committed to the Holy Hour.  All these movements seem the marvelous fruit of obedience and fidelity to these prayer endeavors.

 Through Valerie G, a Seven Sister in North Carolina (Charlotte diocese), I learned of an initiative that grew out of an observance of the positive influence of a Seven Sisters group (initiated 10/2018).  Men in the parish were inspired to join in the prayer efforts in their own way.  What bloomed forth was a desire within each of these men (seven in total, of course!) to fast on distinct days of the week, every week, specifically for the pastor whom the Seven Sisters were offering Holy Hours. Each man fasts to different degrees, “Holy Spirit driven”.  They call themselves theFasting Brothers. Their work is quiet and supportive and welcomed by both the pastor and the Seven Sisters group.  So, we fasted and earnestly prayed that our God would take care of us, and he heard our prayer (Ezra 8:23).  wholeheartedly encourage you to be open to this type of prayer enhancement to your Seven Sister group in this coming year. Gratitude to the North Carolinians for this generous example  and their unreserved encouragement to us: to support “all priests” in this way. 

In closing: a prayer of consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in this month of June. “Let the soul who is desirous of advancing in perfection hasten to my Sacred Heart” (Jesus to St Gertrude).

 O Sacred Heart of Jesus, to Thee I consecrate and offer up my person and my life, my actions, trials, and sufferings, that my entire being may henceforth only be employed in loving, honoring and glorifying Thee. This is my irrevocable will, to belong entirely to Thee, and to do all for Thy love, renouncing with my whole heart all that can displease Thee.

United in prayer and mission...

that our prayers may find the heart of every bishop and priest...

... eternal gratitude continues as you each remember to offer a wee Hail Mary for me every day....  that ‘one Ave Maria that makes hell tremble’ (St John Vianney). Pray that I will not 'spoil the beautiful work that God has entrusted...'  (St Teresa of Calcutta)

... your kind emails and notes and generous support always arrive to my heart door at the right moment! Your letters of testimony are so beautiful and edifying! Don't stop writing to me. Eternal gratitude is mine for YOU! Be assured of my continued daily prayers for you at the altar. 


Sacred Heart  of  Jesus: infinite love ( Detail of carved vintage statue)

Sacred Heart of Jesus: infinite love (Detail of carved vintage statue)

SEVEN SISTERS - in and out and about:

 ANNUAL RENEWAL: Commitment Prayer  here

 PRAYER - France pilgrims (July 1-12): Let us keep one another in thoughts and prayers!

 Heartfelt welcome:  New groups registered in May to cover more priests in daily prayer: NEW countries:  Cameroon (West Africa), and Scotland! NEW continent:  Australia! Groups also formed in these US states this month: Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Massachusetts, Maryland, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and Wisconsin.    These 1o states in the USA do not YET have the joy and benefit of a Seven Sisters group: Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Maine, Oklahoma, Oregon, Rhode Island, Utah, Vermont, Wyoming. My heart is confident that we can offer the Sacred Heart of Jesus a gift in June for His Feast (June 28):  1000 active groups!  We are close.  Next Communique (goal: out on/before 28th) will give the final numbers.

 SEVEN SISTERS BOOKLETS: Available as free download.  Hard copies passed on for printing cost of $2 each + P/H. Order thru Web email or email above, with amount desired/address

 SEVEN SISTERS Tri-fold BROCHURE:  So beautifully designed by a Seven Sister, Diane S, of Wichita, Kansas.  Effectively used in parish pamphlet stands (ask pastor’s approval prior), Adoration Chapels, Retreat Centers, Bags/Packets for Women’s Conferences/Retreats, Women’s clubs, Serra clubs.  Full color version and one with a color exterior and B/W interior (my personal favorite and a bit cheaper to print).  Available on Web as free download.  Recommend 80# silk for best printing results.  May also order through sending an email through the Web.  Indicate address/quantity.  25 for $10 + P/H.  May God bless Diane, for this labor of love and generous spirit to share it!


NOTES to Anchoresses:    If you do not receive a Communiqué within the first few days of a new month, contact me directly or through the Web site email.  

Some of you have a genuine gift to encourage participation of others in the Apostolate – do not squelch the zeal!  You may have heard that we encourage women to be an Anchoress for only one group. This way the joy of leadership is extended and it is a more manageable role for each Anchoress. The focus and energies remain in the best place: the prayer efforts!

ALSO:  While all Seven Sisters are remembered in daily prayer, the Apostolate only keeps record of the names and contact information of the Anchoresses. Each Anchoress is responsible to keep record of her group's members and assist in keeping them in the loop of communication. Team work at its best!  Please inform of all NEW groups/Anchoress/priest/other changes thru Web site.

 RECENT ... and AHEAD on the calendar:

> Gratitude to Magnificat Grapevine Chapter hosting breakfast/testimony (Janette): Louisville, TX -04 May 2019.  Well attended - what a time set apart – these women define JOY!

> Gratitude to Barbara L for arranging Mass/informal gathering of Omaha, NE, Seven Sisters 05/10/19

> Gratitude to Lincoln, NE, Seven Sisters Diocesan Coordinator, Rhonda L for arranging 10-11 May 2019 silent retreat in Waverly, NE. Retreat master:  Janette. Theme: In quietness and trust is your strength (Is 30:15). 40+ in attendance (roughly 50% Seven Sisters/50% other women)

> Gratitude to Bernie for organizing annual May Mass, breakfast, testimonies of parish Seven Sisters on 05/18/19. NOTE: This W St Paul, MN, parish has started 12 Seven Sister groups: parish priests and several other priests serving non-parish roles in the Archdiocese.  They initiated a group for a North Dakota priest and then eventually found women there to take the warm baton of prayer! Impressive!

> 1 June 2019 – First Annual Diocesan ½ Day of Reflection – St Joseph parish, Owatonna, MN (8 am Mass – 1 pm, incl lunch) Diocese of Winona-Rochester. All welcome – need not be Seven Sister. Theme: Vessel of generosity: the hand and heart of Mary are open to all.  Bishop Quinn, Fr Jim Starasinich, Janette to speak. Registration preferred for lunch count.  Free will offering. Check Apostolate Web site or parish Website for contact info.

> 1 June 2019 – Second Annual Diocesan (St Cloud) Seven Sisters Morning of Reflection/Renewal – St Mary’s Cathedral, St Cloud, MN (7:15 am Mass, light breakfast, Holy Hour, Talks, Commitment Prayer) Theme: In quietness and trust is your strength (Is 30:15). Free will offering.  Check Web site for contact

> 1-12 July 2019:  first-ever-one-of-a-kind Seven Sisters Pilgrimage to France.  (Quota reached)

> Prayer stages for visit to both North Dakota and Oregon in mid to late August 2019

> Plans for Kansas visit first week of August (details forthcoming).

 REMEMBRANCE of those SEVEN SISTERS who have PASSED: We want to remember those Seven Sisters in name and in prayer, who have gone before us to their eternal rest. Visit the Web site. Click on ABOUT folder and scroll to bottom, choose: IN REMEMBRANCE.  Follow prompts... OR you may submit info via the Website email or to my email address. Please check site monthly for additions!


PRIEST who has PASSED to ETERNAL REST: If the priest for whom you pray has entered eternal life, the group may be led to continue to pray for a length of time for the soul of that priest. Perhaps a novena of Holy Hours or the offering of holy Mass(es) for the priest.  You will know.  Several groups have/are offering Holy Hours for an entire year for their beloved deceased priest.  


SPANISH translation of Communique:  This is generously done every month by Zahyra B, Anchoress for a Seven Sisters group in Venezuela.  They are then posted (and archived) on the Website.  If it is easier to receive through an email account, please let me know. Expect 2-3 days for translation. Commitment Prayer/Booklet in Spanish (on the Web for free download).