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Mercy Enews
No. 497 | 19 December 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


Christmas Wishes (MIA)

Writing to Frances Warde on 23rd December 1837, Catherine McAuley expressed the following wish:
May God preserve and bless you and grant you all the graces and precious gifts reserved for this Holy Season.
We make this our wish for all our Sisters, Associates, Partners in Ministry, Friends in Mercy and for our families, colleagues and all to whom we minister.

In the light of the specific focus of MIA Global Action - Cosmology/Eco Justice and Opposing Human Trafficking - we pray:

Astounding grace, all creation rejoices in your coming:
Help us to reverence your gift of creation and all with whom we share it.

Vulnerable child, at your coming a woman and child showed forth your enduring love: May we raise our voices for the vulnerable ones, especially for those who are the victims of human trafficking.

Peaceful one, you brought the grace of gentleness to our violent world: Encourage us in our efforts to renew our ravaged lands, our war torn countries, our weary hearts.

May the peace of the newborn Saviour be with you.
May the joy of the angels find voice in you
May the gift of God be given to you this Christmas.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Editor: As we bring this year of sharing our global Mercy story to its conclusion, we invite you to tell us all how it has been for you in your ministry - through an anecdote, a greeting, a prayer, a wish, a dream you have or a plan for 2013...

Messages that reach the Editor by Christmas Eve will appear on the website for reflection on Christmas Day.

Send greetings to: the Editor


Mercy Links

Worth Watching for Advent: "Waiting in Silence"
An evening walk along Mission Marsh Conservation park, Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada

View  the Talk: Joan Chittister’s opening address given on December 7 at the 2012 Trinity Institute, Trinity Church, NYC, “God in the Evolutionary World,” can be viewed here. The two-day conference, Radical Christian Life: Equipping Ourselves for Social Change, was a local and webcast conference.

Newsletters Worth Reading: LCWR Newsletter, December 2012 ; Stop Trafficking December 2012

Mercy E-news: A Message to all our Readers
This issue (Issue 497) is the final issue  of Mercy E-news for 2012. This year's issues (Issues 446 - 497) are archived on the mercyworld.org website and can be accessed here

Thank you very much to all those who contributed news items and so helped build the global Mercy community online. Thank you to all our readers for your ongoing interest, support, feedback and encouragement. We look forward to our communications in 2013, and welcome your suggestions for how we might be able to better serve your needs and interests.

A reminder that Mercy E-News is available to anyone affiliated with the Sisters of Mercy who has an email account, simply by their filling in the online registration form.

The first issue (Issue 498) of Mercy E-News for 2013 will be published on Wednesday, 23 January, 2013.

Please send all contributions to the Editor by Friday 18 January, 2013.

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