Our Monastery was dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus in 1963 when much emphasis was placed on the Heart of God as a source of comfort and consolation to those who turned to God for forgiveness and peace in their lives.

Today the need is still the same to truly believe in God's love for us. In fact, it seems more and more we as a community need to be reminded of how special each of us is in God's eyes and know and trust also that our prayers are always heard. St. Paul said so beautifully: “Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God.” (Phil 4:6) Thomas Aquinas observed: “Love enables us to see.”

This devotion has only grown in the years we've been here in the St. Croix Valley in Wisconsin, and it has continued to be a source of joy and inspiration in daily living. It has helped us to have an even keener awareness of the divine presence in our lives. The German mystic Meister Eckhart wanted people to “apprehend God in all things. Every single creature is full of God and is a book about God. Every creature is a word of God. If I spent enough time with the tiniest caterpillar, I would have to prepare a sermon, so full of God is every creature.” In believing in God's tender and continued love for us, we as creatures, trust always that our heart's desires are known to our tender God, and that, yes, in spite of all life's difficulties, all tragedies, all pain, our God, as St. Bernard tells us: “loves us more and before we do.” It takes courage to believe this, and a strong heart to live it, but this is the grace we aspire to, and the gift we hope for. May the Sacred Heart of Jesus grant it be so!

Heart of Christ
Center of all peace
Draw me to the eye of the world
On fears uprising, past ascending
Resistance spent, back bentI break
Consenting, dying, love impelling
The arc descending, now I fly
Straight to your heart
Center of all peace
(By Kathleen Collins)

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