The Salesian Spirituality Team, which includes members of the Salesian Family in Great Britain, has launched a newsletter and a prayer initiative under the title One Heart.
Shortly before he died, Cardinal Basil Hume was asked in an interview with 'Hello' magazine, 'What do you see as the biggest challenge for the next century?' 'Oh I have no doubt,' he replied, 'that the Church has to discover a way to show people that there is an emptiness in them which only God can fill. The great task,' he continued, 'is going to be feeding spiritual hunger, which often goes unrecognised by people beset by the pressures of life.'
One Heart is a response to this challenge to help people, especially the young, to lead their busy lives, with all the pressures of the modern world, united with God: to become contemplative as well as active.
The brochure illustrated above introduces the prayer initiative and gives contact details for John Hunt, founder of the project.
The title One Heart derives its inspiration from a letter written in 1878 by Sr Mary Mazzarello to Sr Laura Rogriguez, a Salesian novice in South America, whom she had never met. 'Although such a great distance separates us from one another,' she wrote, 'we form one heart to love our beloved Jesus and Mary Most Holy, and we can always meet (there) and pray for one another.' The words one heart point to a unity that is only possible in Christ.
The first twelve issues of One Heart, which will be published bi-monthly, will feature the life and spirituality of Mary Mazzarello, a woman whose busy life bore the fruit of her deep, personal union with God.
Each of the issues will focus on a theme in her life. You can download them as they become available.
- February 2012: Discerning the Way, the Truth, the Life
- March 2001: In silence we unite with God
- January 2011: Letting go
- November 2010: Finding God in the ordinary
- September 2010: Spiritual friendships - discovering who we are
- July 2010: Friendship with Christ is the fruit of Contemplative Prayer
- May 2010: Christ invites us to friendship