The rscj are both united in the heart of Christ and given to the world.Their apostolic life, rooted in the contemplation of the heart of Jesus, is inspired by the spirituality of St Ignatius Loyola, the founder of the «Jesuits», for whom it is not possible to conceive of a relationship with God without commitment in the service of the human community.
This contemplation, which requires silence and interiority and led them to seek to love as he gives them to find an educational path allowing each :
- develop its potentials
- to exceed
- hear the cries of our world
- engage with others in the transformation of the world.
It also commands them to live in unity, which is «the mark of their identity … and authenticates the truth of their apostolic life» (Constitutions, § 329). Gathered in communities, the rscj are invited to act as one body within their congregation, in fidelity to the motto « Cor unum and anima una in rope Jesu» (One heart and one soul in the heart of Jesus). A motto that the founder had asked her sisters to inscribe on the cross they would wear on their hearts.
Finally, devotion to Mary has a large place in the spiritual tradition of the Sacred Heart. From the beginning, Saint Madeleine Sophie had associated the heart of Mary, also pierced with a sword, to that of her Son. Mater Admirabilis, painted in 1844 by the young postulant Pauline Perdrau, in the cloister of Trinita dei Monti in Rome, became the patron saint of all the Sacred Heart schools in the world that are still numerous to celebrate her birthday on the 20th October.