Virginia Herbers is an Apostle of the Sacred Heart of Jesus who is 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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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?!"

'God alone' are words to live by

Horizons - No one belongs on a pedestal. It is both lonely and dangerous. We are meant to live on the earth, grounded in reality and feet firmly planted. This could easily turn cynical, I realize. To fail to admire good qualities in another is no virtue.

A reflection on God's time

Horizons - Lately I've been wondering a bit about kairos, this sense of God's time. Ever since Dec. 28, to be precise. That was the feast of the Holy Innocents last month.