Introduction: Contemplative Seeing
Elizabeth Davis rsm
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Script of Video
“Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things” (Ps 119:18). We now begin the fourth and final segment of Mercy Global Presence – Integration. We have completed the segments on “global,” “mercy,” and “presence.” Now we seek to find the integration that brings us back to “Mercy Global Presence.” We set out on this journey to shape new words, new images, new language, new theology, and new spirituality to enable us to find the energy we need to be Sisters of Mercy and people of mercy in our world so “in need of God’s compassion and Mercy” as the MIA Vision Statement says. We could never have imagined how rich, how deep, and how moving this journey would be!
In seeking to find integration over the next four months, we will reflect on contemplative seeing, a compassionate heart, mercying, and creating circles of mercy and a culture of mercy. Just as this work has been an organic process unfolding in unimaginably creative ways, so, too, our integration cannot be an analytical exercise. Rather it is a metissage, a braiding of differences and new patterns, a gathering of the threads of our lived experience resplendent in all the colours and textures of Earth to create a new weaving of mercy.
As the journey unfolds, I invite you to let an image of braiding and weaving, of connection and integration find you. it may be an image from Earth (a stone, a crystal, the Northern or Southern lights), a sound (a chime, a birdsong, a baby’s laugh), a colour (purple, teal), a shape (a spiral, a circle, a polyhedron), or a word (listen, come, love). The image may find you today or in four months’ time, but it will find you if you are open, listening and hearing.
In May 2021, in the week following Pentecost Sunday, we will meet once more in three regional gatherings to reflect further on integration in our continued global conversations, cherishing the diversity and wisdoms among us. Please come to this gathering in your region and share your voice with your global sisters and brothers. Mercy eNews and the mercyworld website will have more detail about these regional gatherings over the coming months...
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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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