Missionaries of the Sacred Heart, an Australian community, in a worldwide religious congregation.
Jesus loved with a human heart: with him we proclaim his love to the world.
We work to discover through advocacy, healing and reconciliation, God's presence in our world.
We are to be on earth the heart of God. God has no other heart but ours.
- Published: Thursday, 19 July 2018 22:20
PUBLICATION, HEARTS BURNING WITHIN US, PETER MALONE MSC
From the Foreword to the book, Stephen Hackett MSC.
During Lent in 2013, parishioners of St Thomas the Apostle Parish at Camp Hill in Brisbane participated in a scriptural Lenten program. After Easter, a group of these parishioners asked if they might continue the journey they had begun with the Scriptures, and so began the search for a suitable program. When none was found, the Scripture-in-Parish program Hearts burning within us was devised to meet the need.
The author of the program, Fr Peter Malone MSC, was asked to prepare a structured resource that would be readily accessible to participants. From the outset, it was intended that “Hearts burning within us” could be used by a group without requiring the presence of a priest or someone who had studied the Scriptures. Where questions arose that could not be answered during a session, these could be referred for answer at a subsequent session which a priest or other suitable person might be invited to attend.
The words “Hearts burning within us” come from the gospel account of the two disciples walking with the Risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus and describes their experience as Jesus opened the Scriptures to them that were about himself (Luke 24:13-35). It picks up the two foundational elements of the program: a personal encounter with the Risen Jesus who speaks to us in the Scriptures, and an opening up of the Scriptures so as to better understand what we are reading.
From the outset, it was intended that Hearts burning within us could be used by a group without requiring the presence of a priest or someone who had studied the Scriptures. Where questions arose that could not be answered during a session, these could be referred for answer at a subsequent session that a priest or other suitable person might be invited to attend. In this way, Hearts burning within us serves as a simple, accessible and structured program of formation for anyone seeking to encounter Jesus Christ in the Scriptures.
Stephen Hackett MSC