In 1779, Madeleine Sophie Barat was born in Joigny, France as fire raged in houses nearby. Truly a child of fire, Sophie’s heart was captivated by God from an early age, and she was drawn to a life of contemplative prayer. At the same time she recognized that post-revolutionary France had a pressing need for transformation through rigorous education and a spirituality of the Heart of Christ. Sophie and four companions made their first vows in 1800, giving themselves to a form of religious life which combined the contemplative and the apostolic....
St. Madeleine Sophie Barat
In response to queries about the châsse of St. Madeleine Sophie, we have put up this photo-summary of events after her death.
Today we remember with prayer and gratitude the woman whose "yes" began our shared journey as RSCJ.
On May 25th we gratefully celebrate the Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, the foundress of the Society of the Sacred Heart: a woman of God for the world.
Her life was made of threads woven by the Hand and Love of God….
... she spent her days before the Great Fire, and warmed them all with the Flame that consumed her. And they saw the Fire in her eyes when she looked at them. And they felt the Fire in her trembling old hands.... They called her “The Woman Who Always Prays.”
This is the prize-winning entry in a competition among all the 50 Sacred Heart Schools in Spain, commemorating the 150th anniversary of Sophie's death.
This portrait of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat is located in the General Archives of the Society in Rome. Its origin is unknown, though there are indications that it may have been sent to the Mother House in Paris from Italy in 1879.
The Centre Sophie Barat in Joigny, France invites us to an "interior pilgrimage" ....
St. Madeleine Sophie's feast on May 25 is fast approaching. Here are some resources for prayer or reflection that are available on websites of some Provinces.
For the feast of St. Joseph, Juliet Mousseau rscj shares Madeleine Sophie's conference to the novices in 1833.