Monday, June 1, 2009

June: The Month of the Sacred Heart; OPECO

Just as May is traditionally devoted to Marian devotion and pious practices (Marian hymns and processions, the crowning of statues of Our Lady, praying the rosary, etc), so June is devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus.

Popes have regularly encouraged members of the Society of Jesus to promote and encourage this richly biblical understanding of the Person of Our Lord, for his heart symbolizes Jesus’ deepest concern and disposition: namely to do His Father’s will by drawing every man woman and child in the world to himself.

One way to do so is by praying the Morning Offering which I will explain tomorrow.

Today I am flying to Sudbury for a meeting at Villa Loyola, a Jesuit Retreat House (run by the French Canada Province). It is a regularly-scheduled session of OPECO (which stands for L’Office Provincial de l’Éducation de la foi catholique de l’Ontario), the body of the Assembly of Catholic Bishops of Ontario (ACBO) which serves the Church in francophone Ontario.

OPECO’s focus is two-fold: first on pastoral activity at the parish and diocesan level particularly adult faith formation and secondly, faith education in the French language Catholic school milieu.

My topic is the recently completed Synod of Bishops, which was devoted to studying The Word of God in the Life and Mission of the Church. Blogging will resume on my return, tomorrow or Wednesday.

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