Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland)
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We come to the third month of the last Segment of this Mercy Global Presence process. This Segment integrates the twelve themes from the first three Segments. In this segment’s theme, we continue weaving new patterns of mercying.
Before we begin our reflections on mercying, let us summarize the richness of what we heard in our previous theme, “compassionate heart.” In the introduction, we heard that the most frequent phrase in the Gospels is “Jesus was moved with with compassion.” Our theologian this month, Carmel McDonough rsm, gave us a real-life example when she showed the response of parents whose children were tragically killed, “No less than two days after the accident, Leila Abdullah and her husband Danny, at the site where their children’s lives had ended so abruptly, opened their hearts to the driver who by his self-destructive actions had wiped out half their family. While dealing with their unimaginable and unfathomable loss, Danny and Leila chose to forgive Samuel Davidson.”
Our artist this past month was a poet, Larretta Rivera-Williams rsm, who spoke as only a poet can:
If I were a mirror I would want to reflect…
The compassionate heart; the God within
If I were a mirror I would be
a reflection of a compassionate heart
Wrapping around the you looking untiringly at me.
Steph Langley, on the occasion of the 160th Anniversary of All Hallows’ School in Brisbane, wrote the founder of the School, “Oh, Mother Vincent Whitty, I wish you could see our girls today. As a student body, they are fierce in their pursuit for Justice. Only today, I heard two of our students call on a sea of their peers to speak out about the treatment of women in society and to make it known that they will not stand for violence against women. The cheers of response from the audience must tell you that they stand united in this, still, all these years later, as you and your Sisters did.”...
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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