Virginia Herbers is an Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who is currently on sabbatical after serving as director of spiritual formation at St. Louis University. She has a master's degree in pastoral studies and has ministered in education at both the elementary and high school levels in Connecticut, New York, Missouri and Taiwan. Other ministries have included spiritual direction on university campuses, directing the Queen of Apostles Spiritual Life Center in St. Louis and a variety of ministries for her community, including formation, vocation and provincial leadership.

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3 lessons I learned from a squirrel

Horizons: As I write about apathy, a memory from my teenage years rises to the surface. Though an unremarkable event overall, I've never looked at an acorn pile the same way since.

The freedom of free fall: Just let go

Horizons - A global pandemic has demanded that we let go of so much — cherished experiences, annual encounters, anticipated plans, employment and financial certainties, even loved ones.

The need to 'make reparation'

Horizons - The Sacred Heart is probably my favorite topic of all to write about. Life. And love. Responding to violation and violence with love and new life in no way condones, trivializes, or eliminates the horror of the perpetrations. Every piece of Sacred Heart artistry reveals a heart that is both on fire and still wounded.

Being known by God

Horizons - I know exactly what I want, and I try my best to communicate that to God. When God "hands me back" something else, I feel like cwying like my 3-year-old niece and saying, "Why do you not unduhstand me?!"