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Mercy Enews
No. 503 | 27 February 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


Sustaining the Human Spirit with Engaged Spirituality (Americas)

" Ivanka, one of last summer’s retreat participants at Rockhaven Ecozoic Center in House Springs, Missouri, came through the kitchen door bursting with excitement. During an early morning walk, she had made an amazing discovery. She carried a handful of fresh sweet smelling flowers and herbs— weeds, to the casual observer.
“I don’t know their local names but in Bulgaria, we drink them,” she explained as she put the plants in the teapot and poured boiling water over them.
“Well then,” I replied, “let’s enjoy some tea!”
Thus, began our conversation about what grows in our bioregion.

Here in the Ozarks, we live off the land but we too ask how we can live more sustainably. Dialogues such as these epitomize Rockhaven Ecozoic Center’s ongoing task: accompanying the folks who come to Rockhaven on their myriad personal journeys while we encourage their reconnecting with the natural world..."

Read the complete article, first published in iViva Mercy

Messages to: Jan Marie Stocking rsm

Photo credit: Rockhaven Ecozoic Center is nestled at the foot of the Ozark mountains on the banks of the Big River in House Springs, Missouri.


Worth Watching: The Archdiocese of Los Angeles RE Congress was held 21-24 February. Webcasts from this conference are online. These include: Richard Rohr: " Immortal Diamond: the Search for Our True Self" and Ronald Rolheiser: "Spirituality and the Different Stages of Our Lives: One Size Doesn't Fit All".
 The full list of presentations, interviews and liturgies can be scrolled through here.

Worth a Laugh: Popularlibros.com - Did you know the BOOK? English subtitles. View here

Worth Reading: Every Monday for the past three years, poet D.S. Martin has posted about poets of the Christian faith. Poets are featured from across the centuries, around the world, and from varying denominational backgrounds. Poets can be accessed alphabetically. The list currently ranges from Dante Alighieri to  Ed Zahniser. Visit the site here

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