|Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne|
Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne
Woman With A Global Heart
In November we commemorate Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne. Earlier this year ‘Reflections on Philippine Duchesne’ featured on the USA society website. In the weeks prior to her feast day on 18 November they can be accessed on the IRS province website courtesy of USA province.
The challenge her life offers is real.
A global heart is simple enough to understand: it is a heart that has moved from lingering lovingly in an ego-centric place, through a group-centric place (my tribe, my race, my social group, etc.), to a world-centric place. A global heart has shifted the focus of interest and compassion from “me” to “us” to “all of us”! This development describes an emergence of consciousness and compassion into ever-expanding circles of who is defined as “one’s neighbour” or into ever-expanding circles of people with whom one is capable of truly empathizing. A global heart has an inclusive, wide tent and a porous boundary!
Philippine Duchesne was constantly expanding the borders and boundaries of her heart. As a child she yearned to reach out to the poor of Grenoble, as an adolescent and young nun she dreamed of working with native peoples across the ocean, and as an old woman she longed to travel to the Rocky Mountains and beyond - even to China.
So what of us?