Introduction: Presence to Earth
Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland)
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In September 2020, we began the third Segment of Mercy Global Presence, centering our hearts and minds on “presence of, to and with God.” We heard in the Introduction, “Together we rejoice in the God who creates and cares, in the God who dwells among us, in the God who calls us into relationship, in the God who is with us, in the God who suffers with us, in the God who is love, in the God who walks with us now and forever.” Mary-Paula Cancienne rsm gave us a profound reflection, “Opening to the grace of presence involves three stages: vulnerability, revelation, and resiliency.” In an inviting painting, Marilyn Browne rsm used “a spiral to represent God in this painting, to echo the spirals used by some of the first peoples of the world - the Maoris, the Indigenous peoples of Australia and some Native American tribes - to represent the Divine in their art.” Maura Walsh rsm reminded us about “growing up in Ireland in an environment of Celtic Spirituality, in which God was not removed from the world and the lives of human beings, was hallowed. God was all around – in the landscape of sea and mountain, bog and forest, in the rising and setting sun, in the comings and goings of the seasons.”
Amanda Carrier rsm gave us hope in the midst of the pandemic, “Covid-19 highlighted systemic injustices, inequality, and marginalization but is also drew us, individually and collectively, into the presence of God.” Agnes Hunter rsm gave visible depth to this same thought from Kenya, ““Every year, the Maasai Mara, known for its large population of lions, leopards, cheetahs, elephants and millions of herbivores, host over 300,000 domestic and international tourists. No single tourist has visited the Mara in more than 60 days. Therefore, the animals are at peace.” Josephine Davies rsm and Cathy Edge rsm shared with us a beautiful prayer reflection which began with these words, “Awareness of the presence of God fills Julian of Norwich with joy, desire, hope and love. Lord, we pray that, seeking wisdom from her we may make your presence in our daily lives more conscious and vibrant.”
Enlivened and awed by the depths of this first month’s reflection, we move to the second theme within “Presence,” presence to Earth. Once again, diverse voices of theologian, artist, distinct voice, scientist, minister, global thinker, and prayer maker will challenge our thinking, move our hearts, strengthen our spirits and bring us into new awareness of our own presence to Earth and the profound impact that has on who and how we are...
Spanish translation using DeepL Translator. Traducción al español con DeepL Translator
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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