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Mercy Enews
No. 499 | 30 January 2013

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


Guests in Their Own House: The Women of Vatican II (The Congregation)

Editor: Guests in Their Own House: The Women of Vatican II by Carmel McEnroy rsm, was the winner of the Catholic Book Award for History/Biography in 1997,  the year after it was first published. Re-released for the 50th anniversary of Vatican 11, the book was highlighted in the 'Mercy Resources' section of Mercy e-news in  November 2012 (Issue 493) when the re-issued book first became available.

In an article published this week on The Congregation's website and linked to this item, Carmel tells the story of how this important book came to be written. She writes:

"Within 20 years of the closing of Vatican Council II, the fact that there were any women at the Council was already becoming a forgotten memory. English Benedictine scholar Alberic Stacpole wrote a fine book, Vatican II Revisited by Those Who Were There (1986). However, there was not a single article by one of the 23 officially invited women auditors nor any male auditor. This exclusion motivated me to recover the 'dangerous memory' of the female auditors before it was irretrievably lost..."

Messages to: Carmel McEnroy rsm


Mercy Links

Good Reading: There's More to Life Than Being Happy .
“Research has shown that having purpose and meaning in life increases overall well-being and life satisfaction, improves mental and physical health, enhances resiliency, enhances self-esteem, and decreases the chances of depression. On top of that, the single-minded pursuit of happiness is ironically leaving people less happy. ‘It is the very pursuit of happiness,’ [Viktor] Frankl knew, ‘that thwarts happiness.’”
– The Atlantic

Good Watching: 'Solar sisters' spreading light in Africa
Solar Sisters is a network of communities selling solar lighting to poor communities. The female entrepreneurs make a commission on every sale. More than 270 women in three East African countries have so far joined the group. Founder Katherine Lucey says energy poverty will not be solved by philanthropy.

Send your suggestions for "Good reading" and "Good Watching", both important aspects of our Digital Life, to: the Editor

Girl Rising: 2013 and the New Power of the World's Young Women

"No work of charity can be more productive of good to society ... than the careful instruction of women, since whatever be the station they are destined to fill, their example and advice will always possess influence" –Catherine McAuley

The UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Gordon Brown, has been blogging for the Huffington Post this week from the World Economic Forum in Davos, where he has been working to put global education at the top of the agenda.

In his series of blogs, entitled "Girl Rising: 2013 and the New Power of the World's Young Women", he argues that this year will see young women across the globe begin to assert their rights more vocally than ever before.

In the wake of the shooting of Malala Yousafzai and the exposure of the dangers still faced by young women in India, women are standing up and rejecting long-accepted rules and conventions, he says. The call for girls' education is paramount in this movement. Read Gordon's blogs now to find out about the grassroots movements across the world which are making female education this year's 'hot topic.'
– The Office of the UN Special Envoy for Global Education

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