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      In the 21st century the Society of the Sacred Heart is a group of nearly 3500 women in over 500 communities in 45 countries. We work in universities, secondary and elementary schools; with handicapped children and adults; in popular education centers in rural and urban areas; with migrants, indigenous people, and refugees; in parishes, retreat centers, ashrams; in prisons; in advocacy work, especially with women and children; as teachers, administrators, lawyers, nurses, doctors, artists, writers, therapists, pastoral counselors, spiritual directors, and social workers. Most live in communities of three to seven people near those we serve.

      Nearly 500 RSCJ live outside the country of their birth. Our central administration in Rome fosters our international communion and gives leadership and direction for the Society's mission. The 34 provinces of the Society seek to discern God's calls to us and in concrete ways to respond to these calls in our local settings.

      For more information on Sacred Heart Society in America go to their website www.rscj.org

Saint Rose Philippine Duchesne - Founder of the Sacred Heart Society in America

    O God, we acknowledge you today as Lord, not only of individuals, but of nations and governments. We thank you for the privilege of being able to organize ourselves politically and of knowing that political loyalty does not have to mean disloyalty to you. We thank you for your law, which our Founding Fathers acknowledge and recognized as higher than any human law. We thank you for the opportunity that this election year puts before us, to exercise our solemn duty not only to vote, but to influence countless others to vote, and to vote correctly. Lord, we pray that your people may be awakened. let them realize that while politics is not their salvation, their response to you requires that they be politically active.
 
       Awaken your people to know that they are not called to be a sect fleeing the world but rather a community of faith renewing the world. Awaken them that the same hands lifted up to you in prayer are the hands that pull the lever in the voting booth; that the same eyes that read your Word are the eyes that read the names on the ballot, and that they do not cease to be Christians when they enter the voting booth. Awaken your people to a commitment to justice, to the sanctity of marriage and the family, to the dignity of each individual human life, and to the truth that human rights begin when human lives begin, and not one moment later.
 
       Lord, we rejoice today that we are citizens of your Kingdom. May that make us all the more committed to being faithful citizens on earth. We ask this through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
 
 (Source of this Prayer: Priests for Life National Prayer Campaign for Elections 2006.)

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