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Mercy Enews
No. 467 | 20 June 2012

Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy, used her inheritance in service of the needs of her time. Today, Sisters of Mercy, through Mercy International Association, use their resources to respond to issues of global poverty demonstrated in the massive displacement of persons worldwide...This vision keeps alive the founding spirit of Catherine among peoples of the world most in need of God's compassion and mercy.
from the MIA Visioning Statement 2007


Mercy Ministry of Prayer (MIA)

Catherine McAuley frequently spoke of the power of prayer. One of her oft repeated sayings was ‘Prayer will do more than all the money in the bank of Ireland’ and in one of her letters she requested ‘Get all the prayers you can for me’.

A core aim of Mercy International Association is to provide a structure through which members of the Mercy global family can share their resources to respond to need. We may sometimes forget that a major resource we all have at our disposal is prayer. Each week, several thousand visitors visit the mercyworld website and many visitors are also e-news readers. To each and all of those we extend an invitation, i.e. to join with us and with each other in praying for a particular intention.

Think of the power of that combined and communal prayer!

Messages to Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Photo Credit: Casamento Photography.
Used with Permission



Mercy Links

Hold in Prayer
A reminder to hold in prayer the South Central Community (Americas) who will gather in Assembly in North Carolina this week (June 21-24), and for the West Midwest Community whose Gathering takes place in Michigan (June 21-25).

The Corporal Works of Mercy and the 21st-century Struggle Against Poverty
'Illustrations of the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy' by Clare Agnew, 1840, are a familiar and central resource for the Mercy Network in their depiction of the needs of Catherine McAuley's time. The works have recently been reproduced, details of which can be accessed here.

Taking as his theme' The Corporal Works of Mercy and the 21st-century Struggle Against Poverty',  Dr. Paul Farmer, physician and anthropologist, director of Partners in Health and subject of Tracy Kidder's novel "Mountains Beyond Mountains", addresses concepts of holistic health, Liberation Theology, and his work on infectious disease as a vehicle for social change in the settings where he has worked, principally Haiti.The  talk, given at Yale Divinity School on 26 April, 2012, can be accessed in video format here (1:15:22).

Contribute to the development of the MIA Library
Mercy International Association is developing a library of published works by and/or about Sisters of Mercy, Associates within Mercy, and our Mercy ministries.In order to develop this library, we desire that Sisters, Associates, and partners-in-ministry provide complimentary copies of their published works that can be housed in this library. These works can be mailed to:
Mercy International Centre, Library,
64a Lower Baggot Street,
Dublin 2, Ireland.

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