Introduction: Presence to Self & Others
Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland)
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We have come to the final month of the third segment of Mercy Global Presence – Presence to Self and Others. Before we begin our reflections on this theme, let us review the profound reflections on Presence in Community and in Ministry which were shared with us in the third month of this segment.
In my theological reflection on this theme, I quoted Leonardo Boff from his Cry of the Earth, Cry of the Poor, linking presence in both community and ministry: “Human beings must feel that they are sons and daughters of the rainbow, those who translate this divine covenant with all the beings existing and living, with new relationships of kindness, compassion, cosmic solidarity, and deep reverence for the mystery that each one bears and reveals.” On a beautiful card, the artist Sister Michael G. Pacto rsm gathered images of the Sisters in the Philippines in community and in ministry, reflecting their presence to each other and to the young people with whom they share their ministry journey. Marie O’Dea rsm, centering her reflections on the sculpture of the Homeless Christ in the aftermath of Storm Ciara, reminded us, “This year the pandemic is affecting every person especially those living in poverty and sleeping on our streets. Believing that each of us is an image of God, we can say that Jesus continues to be homeless today in our towns and cities and we are faced with the question, ‘Can we pass them by and ignore their plight?’”...
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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