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Mercy Enews
No. 533 | 24 September 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


Mercy Day Greetings to All! (MIA)

As this Mercy Day greeting circulates today around the world via e-News,150 guests are gathering in Catherine’s House to celebrate the feast.

Today's gathering is a microcosm of our global Mercy family: Sisters, Associates, Partners in Ministry, Friends of Mercy joining us from places near at hand like Ireland and Great Britain and as far flung as Newfoundland, United States, Australia and Africa. We are very aware that, thanks to modern technology, thousands of you are united with us in the 45 countries where Mercy ministers and we will be united with you in spirit and prayer, particularly as we celebrate Eucharist. Your greetings posted on our website have been joyfully read and appreciated.

We are marking this Mercy Day by unveiling a portrait painted by the renowned Mercy artist and contemporary of Catherine, Clare Augustine Moore. We believe this portrait depicts Catherine McAuley.

The story of how this portrait was recently identified is a very interesting one...

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image from the illuminated Rule and Constitution of the Religious Sisters of Mercy.
© Mercy International Association 2013.



Worth Watching:
'Do Trees Communicate?'
University of British Columbia Foresty Professor Suzanne Simard is a forest ecologist whose research focuses on how organisms living in soil – like fungi – help trees establish and grow. In 1997, Simard was part of a team of researchers that discovered that trees were connected to one another through an underground web of mycorrhizal fungi. She also helped identify something called a hub tree, or “Mother Tree.” In this video made last year, Simard shows that all trees in a forest ecosystem are interconnected... Remarkable  Watch the video here (04:41)

"We depend on dirt to heal and purify the systems that sustain us," so commences the narration of the trailer for Dirt! The movie. This instructive documentary film was inspired by the acclaimed book with the marvellous title Dirt: The Ecstatic Skin of the Earth by William Bryant Logan. Watch the trailer here (01:46) The complete film is now available online for public viewing. Watch the complete film here (1:20:26)

Chagall's Jewish Jesus.
A selection of Chagall’s paintings from the exhibition “Chagall: Love, War, and Exile” at the Jewish Museum in New York: Video with commentary. A meditative experience. View it here (04:25)

Worth Learning About:
Stephen Hawking's big ideas ... made simple - video animation
What is at the centre of a black hole? What happens at the edge of a black hole? In just two and a half minutes, Alok Jha explains Stephen Hawking's big ideas. Watch it here

Worth Reading if you Haven't Seen it Elsewhere:
'A Big Heart Open to God'. This interview with Pope Francis took place over the course of three meetings during August 2013 in Rome. Read the interview here in America magazine online.

Send your contribution for the "Worth..." section to: the Editor

Invitation to Participate in Global Frackdown Day, 19 October (MIA)

Mercy International Association, through Mercy Global Action, is inviting all Mercy Sisters and Colleagues to participate in or organise events for Global Frackdown Day on 19 October 2013. Full details can be read here

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