Dehonian Spirituality includes a monthly reflection and prayer based in the spirituality of Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart (Dehonians).
Apostle of Social Action
Reflections from Fr. Leo John Dehon, founder of the Priests of the Sacred Heart
“Love one another” [John 15:12]. This is the mission of Jesus; it is under this aspect that the prophets have portrayed him to us. “The spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed me; he has sent me to bring good news to the oppressed, to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and release to the prisoners” [Isaiah 61:1]. The whole of economic and social reform is generally contained in the principles he lays down: the Fatherhood of God and the Brotherhood of all men.
He sets the example of simplicity and labor. He chooses the workshop as his abode; the shepherds are his first adorers; he is a laborer and the son of a laborer. See him in Nazareth in an apron and with the tools of a carpenter. He despises wealth, luxury, honors. He claims for the working man justice, respect, brotherly love.
Christ and the apostles promulgated and propagated universal brotherhood. O priests, devote yourselves to good words, the old and the new. Support the popular press, especially the Catholic press. Promote reading circles, study clubs, lectures, and retreats which train apostles and leaders. Approach the people by defending their interests. Approach the people by invoking justice and law on their behalf.
In your kindness throughout the coming week, please remember in your prayers the citizens of the United States who soon will be participating in mid-term elections. You may find helpful the following Prayer of Reparation, taken from the community prayer book of the Priests of the Sacred Heart in the United States.
help us to recognize you in the poor,
in those who suffer persecution,
and in those who are denied basic human rights.
Open our minds, our hearts, and our lives
to the needs of our brothers and sisters.
Increase our faith in the power of your great love,
so that we may face our fears
and reject all false security.
Inspire us to take the risks necessary
to change the world
and to proclaim the equality of all people.
Savior and lover of humanity,
make your love know through us.
Help us to work unceasingly
to build the kingdom of God you proclaimed.