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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 789  |  19 September 2018
Featured Story

The Global Climate Action Summit took place last week, Sept. 12-14, in San Francisco... It called especially for deeper worldwide commitments and accelerated action from countries and all sectors of society to put the globe on track to prevent dangerous climate change and realize the historic Paris Agreement. The major emphasis was on the decarbonization of the global economy. As part of this strategy there was a particular call to all who invest their finances to divest from the fossil fuel industry.

MIA has always paid particular attention to ethical investing. As the Endowment Fund grew, it became even more important to ensure that the funds we invest are used in a way consistent with our values...

MIA's Ethical Investment policy is linked to this item.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

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Vision in Action
Advance Notice: New format for MercyeNews Next Issue

This is the last issue of MercyeNews in its current format. Commencing next week, Issue #790, 25 September, the new format of MercyeNews will arrive in your inbox each week recognisable by the MIA and MercyeNews logos shown above.

From next week, the MercyeNews email you receive will introduce key content, provide a link to the feature article and a link to the contents of the latest issue. The weekly eNews items will now be contained in a page within the website.

Each issue for the next few months will contain tips to make the best use of the new Mercyworld.org website - the website of the global Mercy family.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - MercyeNews Editor

Image: The MercyeNews logo is based on the elegant fanlight above the iconic red doors of Baggot Street.

MIA Prayer intention: The Impacts of Cyclone Florence & Typhoon Manghkut

Over the past few days, we have each seen on our screens and in print the devastating impacts of Cyclone Florence in the Carolinas and Typhoon Manghkut (Ompong) in the Philippines, Hong Kong and China's south coast. For the residents and environments of those parts of our world, there has been tragic loss of life, loss of homes, loss of possessions, loss of landscape and livelihood, loss of animals and wildlife... the losses and suffering of those affected are enormous.

Join us in prayer for all affected personally and by association that they may have the personal strength, support and help they need in the coming months to rebuild their lives and their communities.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - CEO MIA

Final Reminders: Mercy Day Greetings & Live-stream

Mercy Day Greetings are due Friday, 21 September. Please send your message to: mercyenews@mercyinternational.ie

Mercy Day live-streams: Access these from the homepage of the new website which will be live on Mercy Day.

Mass at midday (Dublin time). Your local time is here

Web launch at 1.15pm (Dublin time). Your local time is here

Mass book can be downloaded here: A4 Paper size (8pps, PDF) US Letter size (8pps, PDF)

We invite members of the Mercy family joining us online on Mercy Day to post your thought, greeting or comment online on the Live-stream page. Access to do so will be given on the web page on Monday.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - MercyeNews Editor

As a Mercy Community, we pray with those in need of physical healing through the intercession of Catherine McAuley.

God of love and mercy, touch with your healing power and restore to full health Donald, Harry, Ellen, Caoimhe Ann, Marcella, Sam, Meryl, Beth, Mark, Kate, Joe, Bill, Anita, Bridget, Martyna, David, Rita and all who have previously asked for our prayers.

We ask this with confidence through the intercession of Venerable Catherine McAuley. Amen.

Messages to: the Vice postulators

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A Reflection for the Season of Creation

An invitation is to take time to go to the park, or walk by the sea or go into the mountains or to sit in the garden, to enjoy again the beautiful gifts of creation.

Download the reflection here (PDF)

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team leader Global Action

Understanding the Global Compact on Migration

The NGO Committee on Migration has developed a one-page introduction to the Global Compact on Migration including essential features, its purpose, development process, significance, political commitments, and implementation plan. Please share this document with your networks working with and advocating on behalf of migrants across all levels and sectors. Support and awareness of the Global Compact on Migration is essential as we await its adoption by UN Member States in December.

Messages to: Angela Reed rsm - MIA Coordinator at the UN - Mercy Global Action

MIA Reflection Process
A Guide to the Mercy International Reflection Process Now Available

Editor: Among the features of the MIRP section on the new Mercyworld.org website is the inclusion of a 32 page (including cover) digital format full colour Guide to the Mercy International Reflection Process, edited by Adele Howard rsm (MIRP Co-ordinator ISMAPNG).

Sr Adele was asked by the six Mercy Leaders of the Asia Pacific Region to produce this publication when the Leaders met at Parramatta towards the end of 2017.

The Guide is intended to be used in the Asia Pacific Region and to be available in print and digital format globally to all groups or group leaders who might want to work with the theme of the Cry of Earth and the Cry of the Poor and all the related themes emphasised throughout Laudato Si'.

A Guide to the Mercy International Reflection Process (continued)

Online the Guide is presented using the ISSUU digital publishing platform. This enables:

-the Guide to be instantly available to active readers around the world,
-the Process to keep its integrity online,
-the Reader to turn the pages of the Guide, just like a 'real' book,
-the Guide to be enlarged to full screen,
-the pages of the Guide to be searched for the use of particular words or terms.

Messages to: Adele Howard rsm


MIA Members News

Toowoomba-based ceramic artist, Dan Elborne, is responding to the shocking, recent statistic that one person will die by suicide every 40 seconds worldwide.

Partnering with The White Wreath Association to raise awareness of this global issue, Dan live-streamed a new project as part of A Fierce Hope, one of the inaugural exhibitions at Adderton: House and Heart of Mercy.

Further details about the creation process of this endurance art project can be read here

Messages to: Adderton: House and Heart of Mercy

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'Like a Child': Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm (Aotearoa New Zealand)

Kathleen Rushton rsm shows in Mark 9:30-37 that childlikeness, not childishness, is a quality of discipleship. Sr Kathleen writes: 'When we allow ourselves childlike trust in God and contemplate the mysteries of creation, we will participate fearlessly in God's great work with hope'.

Download the article here (PDF)

Messages to: Kathleen Rushton rsm

Leaders of several Christian denominations gathered at the White House last week to call on the Trump administration to #Welcome75k refugees.

After setting the lowest refugee admissions goal in history last year - 45,000 - and admitting less than half of even that low number, now the Trump administration is reportedly planning to set an even lower bar next year to admit only 25,000 refugees or even fewer in Fiscal Year 2019. Faith leaders, refugee leaders, business and community partners are outraged by the administration’s continued slashing of the refugee program and are asking to raise this number and welcome 75,000 refugees in 2019.

Jean Stokan, a member of the Institute's Justice Team, who participated in the 12 September event outside the White House, is quoted at length in an article in CRUX news site linked to this item.

Messages to: Institute Justice Team

Image: Screen capture of Jean Stokan from Youtube

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In recent years I have engaged in a form of lectio divina on July 4. On the morning of U.S. Independence Day, I re-read the United States' Declaration of Independence...

The energy of this declaration is explosive. I felt its power of protest and assertion of human dignity. This is a living document, still an inspiration to many peoples of the world. Is there a connection between these sentiments from 1776 and what women religious are doing as public, assertive actions in 2018?

I notice how many women religious are involved in protests against ill-treatment of vulnerable groups, such as people who are undocumented asylum seekers, trafficked, living in poverty, targeted for exclusion, ethnic minorities, or displaced by war, resource extraction, pollution, deforestation...

Messages to: Eloise Rosenblatt rsm

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Training Day at MIC for St Vincent's Dundalk Mentors (The Congregation)

In St Vincent’s each 1st year class has a team of 6th year mentors who guide them through their first year in St Vincent’s.  These mentors spend two days training in August to become leaders, rooted in the servant leadership of Catherine McAuley.  One day training is spent in school and the other in Mercy International on Baggott Street, Dublin.  In Mercy International our mentors enjoyed an interactive walk through the amazing stages of Catherine’s life and learned how Catherine spent her time educating and caring for young women.  The young leaders were spellbound by Catherine’s story and felt privileged to be emulating her work in some small way...

Read the rest of the article here (PDF)

Messages to: Linda McCusker - Deputy Principal St Vincent's

Last year, our Mercy Institute released an inspirational and practical booklet for sustainable living at home: ‘Simple Daily Gestures’. It features ideas and stories of real actions underway in the homes of the Sisters. The title of this booklet came from the 8th Work of Mercy, Show Mercy to our Common Home, declared by Pope Francis in 2016. In its ‘corporal’ (practical, action-oriented) form, he said, Mercy to our common home ‘requires simple daily gestures which break with the logic of violence, exploitation and selfishness and makes itself felt in every action that seeks to build a better world.’...

Messages to: Rahamim Ecology Centre

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Mercy Matters
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year B (Mark 9:30-37)

'Most of us have to admit to being like the disciples whom Jesus was trying to bring from blindness and ignorance to insight and understanding. Like them, we are often afraid to ask for explanations when we fear that we may not be able to deal with the responses we receive...'

Read the Gospel reflection by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG)

Listen to the Gospel read by Fr Eamonn O'Connor (Ireland)

Editor: Nothing is recorded in the Mercy through the Years calendar as occuring on this day, yet we know the works of Mercy continued to be practised. Among the significant events, including many foundations, recorded on days remembered this coming week are:

20 September 1841: Catherine left Birmingham on her last journey - back to Baggot St
23 September 1954: Foundation to Tacloban City, Phillipines from St Maries of the Isle, Cork
24 September 1827: House of Mercy opened, Baggot Street, Dublin
24 September 1861: Mater Misericordiae Hospital Dublin, Ireland formally opened by Cardinal Paul Cullen

Contribute a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy in your congregation or institute to our online archive

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The mission of Mercy Investment Services is to enhance the financial resources of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas through socially responsible investing.

Mercy Investment Services engages in collaborative efforts to:

-Raise our corporate voice to effect systemic change in corporate policies and activities
-Provide capital to community organizations, and
-Participate in other investment opportunities consistent with our mission...

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2018 Theme: 'The Right to Peace - The Universal Declaration of Human Rights at 70'.

'Peace takes root when people are free from hunger, poverty and oppression and can thrive and prosper'
-Message of the UN Secretary-General António Guterres

Watch it here (0:53)

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Just released: Here is how David Whyte opened on Friday night at the very first On Being Gathering in February 2018. You can choose to:

-Play the episode
-Download the episode or
-Read the transcript

Image: Whyte in 2014

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'To those who take the bus or refuse plastic toothbrushes: Don’t listen to the cynics. Research shows the little things matter.'

Sarah Lazarovic, 'Small Works'

Source: Yes! Magazine

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'No Hard Feelings' (From The Motion Picture 'May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers'. Watch/listen here (05:12). Lyrics here

Worth Reading:

Religious Life

'Religious life in the future' by Ilia Delio OSF. Read it here

Worth Knowing:

Climate Justice

'Hope, Resilience, and the Fight for a Sustainable Future'. A new book by Mary Robinson, released 4 September 2018. Hardcover and Kindle editions. Details here. Reviews here

'Who Is My Neighbor in a Climate-Threatened World?' A Feast of St. Francis Webinar. Thursday, 27 September 2018. Details here. Register here

Worth Participating:

Mater Dublin

If in Dublin on Friday, 21 September, celebrate Culture Night 2018 at the Mater Hospital. Staff and University College Dublin partners will provide fascinating information on the hospital’s history and advances in medical science over the hospital's157 years. Details here.

Climate Change

The Bottom Line:

'God’s tenderness leads us to understand that love is the meaning of life. Thus we understand that the root of our freedom is never self-referential. And we feel ourselves called to pour into the world the love received from the Lord...There is much work for theology and for its mission today: ...more than ever a revolution of tenderness is necessary. That will save us.'

-Pope Francis, Address to the participants in the congress 'Pope Francis’ Theology of Tenderness', 13 September 2018

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2018 to: the Editor

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