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Mercy Enews
No. 534 | 02 October 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


Wonderful Mercy Day Celebrations at Baggot Street and Elsewhere (MIA)

Editor: More than 150 Sisters of Mercy, Associates, friends and partners in ministry came together on Tuesday, 24 September to commemorate Mercy Day 2013 in Baggot Street. Somehow, as the image (right) shows, all those who could be at Mercy International Centre managed to fit in to the chapel!

With almost every 'corner' of the Mercy world represented, the day had a truly international flavour, as demonstrated in the listing in the Mass booklet of the home countries of those who took on special responsibilities in the Eucharistic celebration. The celebrant, Bishop Peter Connors, Emeritas Bishop of Ballarat, was from Australia. Mary C. Sullivan rsm (Americas), invited to break open the meaning and call of the day's readings, reminded all present in her powerful reflection that 'the invitation at the heart of the divine inspiration that is Mercy Day.. is to have the courage and trust to continually say Yes - again and again - as our lives unfold'.

It was a joyous day as the report linked to this item shows and, yes, oh yes, the sun did shine!

In other parts of the Mercy world the celebrations were equally as enjoyable and memorable.

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA



Worth Watching:
Ecojustice and Cosmology

  • 'Five Ways to Develop “Ecoliteracy”'

In this article the authors explain to educators how to teach young people to care deeply about the environment using five practices developed by the Center for Ecoliteracy that 'plant the seeds for a positive relationship with the natural world that can sustain a young person's interest and involvement for a lifetime'. These 5 practices could be adopted by people of all ages:
1. Develop empathy for all forms of life
2. Embrace sustainability as a community practice
3. Make the invisible visible
4. Anticipate unintended consequences
5. Understand how nature sustains life
Read the article here. The article is adapted from the book 'Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence'. Find out more about the book here

  • 'Alberta Voices'. Stories of fracking in Alberta, Canada

Alberta Voices is a series of stories giving voice to those whose troubling experiences with hydraulic fracturing and associated activities may not have not been considered in Alberta’s discussion of oil and gas development.
The first story in text and film was uploaded on 24 September. Howard and Nielle Hawkwood are farmer / ranchers from Lochend, Alberta. They live on their Family Farm of 40 years. Surrounded by 70 unconventional wells, they have noticed changes in their land, livestock, and health since 2009... A case study of the human experience. View the video clip here (14:48)


  • Salt and Light media have just posted online the story behind the St John's Bible, the first hand written, hand illuminated Bible of its kind in 500 years. The Bible was commissioned in 1998 by the monks of Saint John's Abbey in Minnesota, US. Its creation took almost 11 years. The result? In the words of one of the interviewees,  'The illuminations give people another way of beginning to understand Scripture. They are meant to ignite the pastoral imagination. So people...are able to go deeply into the art, are able to imagine in a new way God's dream for them...' View the video clip here (07:40) Find out more at saintjohnsbible.org
  • The article 'Thank you Monks' by Mary Valle in the latest issue of America online provides an apposite companion piece to the St John's Bible clip. Don't miss the invitation at the bottom of Valle's article to 'browse some works from the exhibit' at the Walters Art Museum in Baltimore which will enable you to 'go deeply into the art...'.
  • 'We must do the works of mercy, but with mercy. With my heart there'.
    Pope Francis discussing the spirit of true charity while visiting the Italian island of Sardinia on 22 September, 2013. View the video clip here (02:46)

Worth Exploring:
On 15 September at the White House, Humanity United, the Department of Justice, the Department of Health and Human Services and the Department of Housing and Urban Development launched the Partnership for Freedom – a public-private partnership to spur innovative solutions to human trafficking challenges. Visit the site to learn about becoming engaged in providing a solution. For those living outside the US, the resources on the site may be of interest.These include the clip of President Obama's 2012 landmark speech on slavery, the first such speech by a sitting president since Abraham Lincoln. Visit the site here

Worth a Listen:

Yesterday was the International Day of Older Persons. The theme this year is The future we want: what older persons are saying. In a new book 'In Praise of Aging', released in Australia last week, the author, Patricia Edgar – sociologist, educator, writer, producer and policy analyst – challenges preconceptions about ageing, arguing that 50 is now the start of the second half of life … not the beginning of the end. Listen to an interview with Ms Edgar here (19:25) To have a look inside the text, or to purchase, visit Amazon Watch a short promotional clip here (1:06)

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