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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 687  |  07 September 2016
Featured Story
A New Work of Mercy!

Editor: In his message for the World Day of Prayer for Care of Creation 2016, Pope Francis has proposed a new Work of Mercy for Christians to engage in: caring for our common home — the planet—and everything it embraces. And he has explained how we are to do it:

“As a spiritual work of mercy, care for our common home calls for a ‘grateful contemplation of God’s world’ which ‘allows us to discover in each thing a teaching which God wishes to hand on to us,’” says Pope Francis.

“As a corporal work of mercy, care for 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,’” he continues.

Presented with this challenge, may each of us in this Year of Mercy grow in attentiveness to the divine everyday space we inhabit and to how we might reverence it.

Messages to:
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
MIRP Coordinators


Image: © 2016 MIA. This image is available to any Mercy group who would like to use it. Please contact Anne

Vision in Action
A Litany for Mercy Day 2016 Now Available

A Litany for Mercy Day 2016, specially written for MIA by Mary Wickham rsm (ISMAPNG), is now available for those who would like to incorporate it into their Mercy Day prayer.

This Litany will be included in the Mercy Day Eucharist at Baggot Street.

Download the Litany:

English: Colour: A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)
               B&W: A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)

Spanish: Colour: A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)
               B&W: A4 Paper Size (PDF); US Letter Size (PDF)

Messages to: Mary Wickham rsm

Image: © 2016 MIA. This image is available to any Mercy group who would like to use it. Please contact Anne

MIA Prayer Intention for the Coming Week: Victims of Suicide

10 September is World Suicide Prevention Day. The World Health Organisation (WHO)  estimates that over 800,000 people die by suicide each year – that’s one person every 40 seconds - and that 25 times that number attempt it.

Let us pray for all those contemplating suicide in these moments, that they might find new courage to face their anguish.

Let us pray also with those brereaved by suicide - for the family, friends and communities who have been left bereft and grieving.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Details of Livestream: Mercy Day Mass at Baggot Street, 24th September

Mass will be live streamed on this page on the Mercy world website so that all the Mercy family can join in the celebrations via computer or mobile device.

The live stream will commence at 11.30 am (Dublin Time) with Mercy Day messages. You can check the time and date the livestream will start in your area by clicking here

Please do check beforehand on the device that you will be using on the day that you will be able to view the livestream. Do this by going to this page where the livestream will be. You should see a countdown clock with date and time indicating that the page is functioning correctly and that you will be able to view the livestream at the scheduled time in your area.

NB. The video of the Mercy Day Mass will be archived on the same page for later viewing by those for whom the live streaming occurs at an inconvenient hour.

Messages regarding live streaming to: Anne Walsh - Mercy eNews Editor

The great feast that unites the Mercy world is Mercy Day, 24 September. Share greetings online in this Year of Mercy when 24 September holds for us all an even greater significance.

All members and friends of the Mercy family are invited to send in your greetings for posting on our mercyworld.org website for Mercy Day. Greetings are being posted online as they are received.

Greetings should be sent in by Wednesday, 21 September to make sure they are published for Mercy Day.

We also welcome reports of celebrations held. These will be shared in the Issues published on 28 September and 5 October so need to be received by Monday, 3 October to be included.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Mercy eNews Editor

Image: © 2016 MIA. This image is available to any Mercy group who would like to use it. Please contact Anne

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MIA Reflection Process

Brenda Peddigrew rsm (Newfoundland), who has contributed photos for our glimpses of creation 'project' for the Season of Creation, has written a piece for us on contemplative photography for this issue of eNews.

Brenda writes: '...this way of seeing the world is highlighted as a spiritual practice, an engagement - especially with the natural world but not exclusively - with an essence of something before our eyes which only appears when the one looking moves into a present-moment, open, contemplative seeing; in other words: shifts into and sees with the heart, not with the mind's analysis...'

Messages to Brenda Peddigrew rsm

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Glimpses of Creation

Today's mercyworld.org homepage photo is of the Beautiful demoiselle, a European damselfly. These are found over much of Europe. The blue-winged demoiselle lives mainly near small to medium-sized streams and creeks. Elizabeth MacNamee rsm (The Congregation) photographed this one in Ireland.

Since 2 September we have seen glimpses of creation on our website homepage from Far North Queensland, Aotearoa New Zealand, United States and now Ireland.

We renew our invitation to take a few moments each day to contemplate the beauty of our world as seen through the lenses of our Mercy network photographers. Any final contributions to the series are most welcome.

Messages to: Anne Walsh - Communications Director MIRP

St Joan of Arc School Staff, Leulumoega, Samoa Stage 2 Feedback (ANZ)

Focus: Sustainable Living

Key critical categories that the group arrived at:

As a group, we’ve identified that most of the harmful actions our local people are involved in are due to ignorance and lack of education.

1.Us – it begins with us
2. It involves our whole community
3. It means connecting with others

Image. L-r: Ivona Tamati, Sieni Ioane, Anarosa Leuluaialii and Corianna Moe

Messages to: Natalie Murphy rsm - Co-coordinator MIRP ANZ

Capital Group Stage 2 Feedback (ANZ)

Focus: Impact of non-recycled plastic on the environment

Key critical factors:

1. Chosen blindness: convenience to the detriment of Earth and creatures – what difference can I make?
Industry creating ‘false needs’ that capture us
2. The limitations of recycling
3. Health and Safety: over-packaging and a lack of choice for alternatives

Messages to: Natalie Murphy rsm - Co-coordinator MIRP ANZ

Image: L-r: Mary-Elizabeth Bayliss, Sue Devereux and Lorraine Gordon during Stage 2

MIA Members News

Editor:  Since 2009, World Humanitarian Day (19 August) has recognized 'the aid workers who risk their lives in humanitarian service, and mobilizes people to advocate for humanitarian action'.

This year, Mercy Health System shared stories of outreach in Rwanda, Nicaragua and spotlighted two recent Mercy-related missions.

Those stories are linked to this item.

Messages to: Brad Haller - Mercy Media Contact

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Elizabeth Young is a Sister of Mercy who writes as part of the Australian Religious Response to Climate Change. She has found that enjoying a vegan diet since 2005, as one response to more compassionate living, has allowed creative and tasty ways of eating that she would love to share with others.

Messages to: Elizabeth Young rsm

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I remember sitting up most of the night watching the results of the Referendum on whether the United Kingdom and Northern Ireland would vote to be in or out of the European Union.As a member of a province which straddles both sides of the border, I was naturally concerned and more so when I thought about the implications of an EXIT vote.

Ireland, as our Celtic history reflects, has always been an integral part of Europe. St. Columbanus, the Irish missionary who shared his faith across Europe, was famously the first person to describe himself as a “European”. Columbanus and his followers established more than 100 centres of learning throughout the continent. Whether we live in the Republic or Northern Ireland, we are historically European and our young people get this concept clearly!...

Messages to: Deirdre Mullan rsm (Northern Province)

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The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas celebrate Pope Francis’ proposal on this World Day of Prayer for the Care for Creation to add “care for our common home” to the traditional spiritual and corporal works of Mercy...

“The Pope’s words remind us of what is at the core of the works of mercy—our love for one another and for the gift of the world in which we live,” said Sister Patricia McDermott, president of the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. “Every day we are confronted with the violence, exploitation and selfishness the Pope references. We challenge ourselves to face our own complicity and recognize that we are responsible for making change.”...

Messages to: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas c/- Lauren Albright - Institute Communications Office

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Mercy Matters

'Those who take the gospel seriously sometimes forget that joy is a gospel value, a value repeatedly affirmed in the Gospel of Luke...'

- Veronica Lawson rsm

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'Spirituality of Mercy', 'Being Merciful to Yourself', 'Rembrandt, Mercy and Justice' and 'Spiritual exercises and the corporal works of mercy' are the titles of 4 short articles in Connections, Volume 3, No. 2, Summer 2016, an online and print newsletter with practical tips for healthy life and ministry offered by St Luke's Institute.

The PDF is linked to this item.

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1956:Two Filipina women began novitiate, St Maries of the Isle, Cork

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

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Productivity: Everything You Need To Master Microsoft Office

A quick guide to mastering every application in Microsoft Office:

How to Master Microsoft Office Word
How to Master Microsoft Office Excel
How to Master Microsoft Office PowerPoint
How to Master Microsoft Office Outlook
How to Master Microsoft Office OneNote

Source: Lifehacker Australia

Rooted in Gospel values and the charism of Catherine McAuley, Mount Saint Mary House of Prayer is a spiritual center dedicated to nourishing adult spiritual growth in an atmosphere of hospitality and prayer.

Mount Saint Mary celebrates 40 years this year. A story on the developments that are in place as it celebrates its 40th anniversary can be read here

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Hugs for Sammy, is a new book about acceptance, by Eva Lallo rsm. Sammy, the seven-year-old boy in Sister Eva’s book, is HIV positive.

The inspiration for the book came from Sr Eva's many years in Honduras working with the children of Casa Corazón de la Misericordia (Heart of Mercy House), a home in Honduras sponsored by the Sisters of Mercy that cares for orphaned and abandoned children who are HIV positive.

The book can be purchased on Amazon

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Further Resources

Worth Playing:

'I Shall Not Want' by Audrey Asaad. Watch/listen here (04:22). Lyrics here. Purchase on *iTunes; *GooglePlay

Worth Watching:

Climate Change

The signs and the science are clear: Our climate is changing.  See: 'Ten Clear Signs Our Climate Is Changing'. Watch it here (01:07).


Richard Rohr: The Spirituality of Leadership. Watch it here (46.10)

Worth Reading:

Climate Change

Climate change could reduce global coffee production 50 percent by 2050, endangering the livelihoods of more than 120 million of the world's poorest people, according to a new report. Article here. Report here (16pps: PDF)

Another warning about the global climate, this time from NASA. Read the article from The Guardian here

Coping with the State of the World

Nancy Sylvester IHM offers an approach: 'Coping with anger and frustration in a contemplative way'. Read it here

The Bottom Line:

'The more clearly we can focus our attention on the wonders and realities of the universe about us, the less taste we shall have for destruction.'

- Rachel Carson

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2016 to: the Editor

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