Introduction: Mercying
Elizabeth Davis rsm (Newfoundland)

Click the maximise video icon (4 arrows on right) in the slider to show the video full screen

Script of Video

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.”...

Download the complete article (A4) Download the complete article (US Letter) Descargar el artículo completo (Tamaño de papel A4) Descargar el artículo completo (Tamaño carta, EE. UU.)

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.

Share Your Response to Elizabeth's Presentation

You can post a comment on this presentation as a Guest User, or using your facebook, twitter, disqus or google account.

Here's how to post as a Guest User:

  1. Type your comment in the field 'join the discussion'.
  2. Click inside the box that says “Name” and type your first and last name.
  3. Fill in your email. NB: this will not be shared or included with your comment.
  4. Click the checkbox next to “I’d rather post as a guest.” 
  5. Click the arrow to submit your comment/question.

All Guest User comments are moderated (checked) before being put live

Sign in using Google, Facebook or Twitter to leave a comment