Introduction: Presence of/with/to God
Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland)

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As we begin the third segment in our four-segment journey through Mercy Global Presence, let us pause for a moment. Let us go gently though our first two segments centered on “global” and “mercy.”  We have been enlightened by our exploration of “global” through the lenses of Cosmos, Earth and Integral Ecology, People and Deep Social Change, and God Incarnate in Cosmos and Jesus. We have been energized by our reflection on “mercy” which was centred on Mercy and Faith Traditions, Mercy and Degradation of Earth, Mercy and Displacement of Persons, and New Foundations in Mercy.

Now we turn our hearts and our spirits to our third segment, “presence.” Over these coming four months, we will contemplate presence of and to God, presence to Earth, presence in ministry and community, and presence to self and others. It is one of life’s ironies that we are beginning this contemplation six months into a global pandemic. In this time, presence is marked by face masks and social distancing which are poignant signs of our respect and compassion for each other!

Once again, diverse, and distinct voices will comfort us, amaze us, and dare us as we deepen our awareness of “presence,” beginning this month with presence of, to and with God. To help us prepare to enter this reflection, let us explore the presence of God grounded in three rich traditions: the Old Testament, the New Testament, and the words of Catherine McAuley...

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Elizabeth Davis rsm is the Congregation Leader of the Sisters of Mercy of Newfoundland.
She is the Mercy Leaders' representive on the Mercy Global Presence Guiding Group.

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