A devotion that calls for action

A devotion that calls for action

David Schimmel, familiar to many for his work as Director of Dehonian Associates for the US Province, was the afternoon respondent at last week’s Dehon Lecture at Sacred Heart Seminary and School of Theology. He addressed the theme of the “Sacred Heart and Divine Mercy” by sharing his personal journey with the Devotion to the Sacred Heart.
 
“I found myself walking toward the Heart of Jesus in the company of Fr. Dehon, who taught me that devotion to the Heart of Jesus was a doorway to a relationship with the Divine,” said David.

Devotion to the Sacred Heart is not a passive devotion. “The love that the Heart of Jesus has for me urges me to address the lasting effects of slavery, colonialism, racism, runaway capitalism, American exceptionalism, individualism, and clericalism,” said David. And if the call to action seems hard, “the Heart of Jesus tells me to find a way to do my part.”
 
Dr. Robert Stackpole was the morning presenter. A former Anglican priest, he converted to Roman Catholicism in 1994 and holds a Doctorate in Theology from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome (the “Angelicum”). He is now director of the John Paul II Institute of Divine Mercy based in Stockbridge, MA.
 
Click here to read more about the lecture on the province website.
 
Click here to view photos from the day.

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