Announcing the Stations of Mercy. Our Online Global Pilgrimage: 3 March - 3 April 2016
Editor: On 3 April 2016 a small but representative group of Mercy pilgrims— both Sisters and partners-in-Mercy— will be present in Rome for Divine Mercy Sunday, one of the events in the Vatican's Jubilee Year of Mercy Calendar.
In preparation for that pilgrimage, all MIA Member Congregations and Institutes have prepared reflective and inspirational powerpoints on the Face of Mercy in their own congregations today, using as their inspiration the 14 Stations of the Cross and 10 of the Corporal and Spiritual Works. Together these 24 powerpoints will form the Stations of Mercy.
How this will work
The web page with each Station will be live on the mercyworld.org website, accessible from the homepage, the day before it is due, with the first in place on Wednesday, 2 March 2016 for the online pilgrimage to commence on Thursday, 3 March 2016. As each page is put live online it will be linked to the page before it. Each Station will be available in two formats: as a 'read only' powerpoint which you can click through and as a video. Some powerpoints and videos include music and this will be indicated on the page.
Catherine had great devotion to the 30 Days prayer and before important events— such as the founding of a new convent — she would pray the two Thirty Days Prayers — one to Jesus, the other to Mary — every day for a month with the members of these new Mercy communities. On 3 April, 30 days after we commence the pilgrimage, we are invited to pray between midday and 2pm our local time our own choice of one of the prayers included in one of the Stations. More will be about this in eNews on 30 March 2016.
As we undertake our pilgrimage in this Year of Mercy let us be united in our concern for one another and for a world 'in need of God's compassion and mercy'. (MIA Vision Statement)