Rule of Life
Brothers of the Sacred Heart, 2007
WE ARE UNITED AND CONSECRATED IN THE HEART OF CHRIST
THE HEART OF CHRIST
112. Christ in our Life
Our founders made us heirs of their devotion
to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
And so Christ, in his mystery of love,
holds first place in our life
as Brothers of the Sacred Heart.
He is our reference point
and the center of our motivations,
just as he is the very principle
of our total self-offering
and of our apostolic action.
113. An Everlasting Love
The Heart of Jesus bears and reveals
the everlasting love with which God
traced the whole history of humanity.
His heart also expresses
the intense divine and human affection
which Jesus experienced
through his incarnation
to the point of offering his life
so that we might all become
sons of the Father.
In our everyday lives,
Christ continues to lavish this love on us
by his presence and by the attention, friendship, and affection
we receive from our brothers.
114. The Open Heart
The Gospel reveals the pierced side of the Savior
as the source of the life-giving Spirit,
the channel and symbol of divine love.
From his open side
out of which blood and water flow,
Jesus gives birth
to the Church and the sacraments.
He invites all to his heart
“to draw water with joy
from the springs of salvation.” (Is 12:3)
115. Book of God's Love
Meditation on Scripture leads us to discover
the loving plan of God,
which attains its supreme expression
in the redemptive death of the Son.
Indeed, “the kindness and love of God” (Ti 3:4)
for all people has appeared to us in the Heart of the Son.
116. The Eucharist, Celebration of Love
The Eucharistic celebration
is our primary act of homage
to the love of the Savior.
It is also the memorial
of Jesus' ultimate act of love for us:
“A man can have no greater love than
to lay down his life for his friends.” (Jn 15:13)
Our participation in the Eucharist
unites us to Christ,
offering the Father the perfect act
of adoration, thanksgiving,
reconciliation, and intercession.
117. Love for Love
The Mystical Body
has not yet reached its full stature.
to the exclusive service of Christ's love
contributes to the growth of the Church
and hastens the coming
of the kingdom of love.
Yet love is not always accepted:
refusals and delays are part of our lives.
That is why, in a spirit of reparation,
we make up in our bodies what is lacking
in the sufferings of Christ,
accepting the hardships inherent in our lives
as consecrated men and apostles.
118. Love of Neighbor
“I have come to bring fire to the earth, and
how I wish it were blazing already.” (Lk 12:49)
This ardent desire of Jesus can only
enkindle our hearts and excite our zeal.
The love for our brothers
and for the young people entrusted to us,
then, radiates from Jesus’ love for us.
Our dedication to others,
marked by respect, pardon,
and unconditional love,
will be a sign to them
of the compassion of Christ.
155. Context of the School
We work in schools of all types
and hold key positions
in the field of education as the need arises.
We attach great importance to the formation
of new generations of teachers,
to the Christian animation of teaching teams,
and to the promotion of social respect
for the teaching profession.
Among the diverse calls which reach us,
we give preference to deprived children
and to less developed regions.
156. School Community
Christian education cannot easily be realized
without the witness of a school community
which is built on close relationships
among teachers, parents, students,
and the local people.
We wholeheartedly support the establishment
of programs for participation and animation
which give dynamism to the school community,
especially through the search for a common educational vision.
157. Christian Mission of the School
We share with the lay teachers
the responsibility for the religious
and moral formation of the students,
creating an atmosphere
of understanding and generosity
which awakens in young people
a sense of community
and a desire to serve others.
In this way, we are helping
to form a dedicated laity
and to develop religious,
priestly, and missionary vocations.
We are also supplementing
the formation given in the family
and carrying out
the educational mission of the Church.
158. Education in the Faith
Christian education is often associated
with schooling and cultural development.
It fills the school with the spirit of the Gospel.
We carry out our role as educators in the
faith especially through the teaching of religion,
which leads the young
to an enlightened and close union with Christ.
To accomplish this goal and to kindle
in our students a desire for the interior life,
it is essential
that we cultivate a dynamic relationship
both with them and with the Lord.
159. Apostolic and Moral Awareness
In an atmosphere of respect and trust,
we educate the young
to a sense of personal responsibility.
We also attempt to challenge them
to become involved in social ministry,
to promote justice and peace,
and to appreciate the value of sharing.
We support those students involved
in movements and extra-curricular groups
human and Christian formation,
as well as those who feel called
to a special vocation
within the Church or society.
160. Christian Acceptance
In our dealings with people
of different faiths and ideologies,
we look for points of agreement
and we welcome dialogue.
We also foster among the young
a spirit of acceptance
which leads them to love all people
regardless of their race, nationality, or creed.
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The Educational Charism Statement of the United States Provinces
Brothers of the Sacred Heart
The charism of the Brothers of the Sacred Heart is a gift from God to the Church.
Our predecessors made us heirs of this charism through their devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. As members of a school community striving to embody this charism, our primary mission is the evangelization of young people. Fundamental to our educational charism is the response of André Coindre to poor, neglected, and dechristianized youth.
Today we draw our inspiration from a spirituality of love expressed in the Gospel and lived through the compassion of Christ. This spirituality informs, shapes, and directs the educational ministry of the school community. Through our commitment as professional educators in the faith, we nurture and model love and compassion in Christian community.
Each and every student is known, valued, treasured, and taught in partnership with the family. Hospitality, availability, personal interest, and concern for others are hallmarks of this charism. We emphasize the formation of the whole person, traditional values, high expectations, self-discipline, fairness, professional competence and collaboration. The respect, kindness, and concern, which flow from the charism, are signs within the school of the compassion of Christ.