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Mercy Enews
No. 536 | 16 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

Feature

Interconnectedness and Subtle Activism. (The Congregation)

In the heart of the Civic Centre of San Francisco there is a beautiful fountain which has two quotations etched on it. One quote by Franklin D. Roosevelt is written in a very prominent position and states that ‘The structure of world peace cannot be the work of one man, or one party, or one nation….it must be a peace which rests on the cooperative efforts of the whole world.” .The second quote by John Muir reads ‘If you try to pick out anything at all in the universe you will find it hitched to everything else.’ This is written on a slab of stone that is underneath the water and easy to miss.

For me this is very symbolic, that of the two quotations this was the one placed in a deeper, underwater place. It reminds us that we need to do deep soul work to uncover the hidden wholeness of all of life and that only by living from an awareness of unity consciousness, will we truly know how to co-operate with each other and all of life...

Messages to: Carmel Bracken rsm

Image: Civic Centre Fountain San Francisco

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Resources

Worth Knowing:
International Conference on Human Trafficking
An international conference was held in Brussels on 30 September to mark the 65th anniversary of the United Nations Convention for the Suppression of Traffic in Persons and the Exploitation of the Prostitution of Others.  Read the widely syndicated report here from the Times of Malta

Worth Doing Something About - Especially if you Teach Girls:
The Girl Declaration.
Check the site. Read the Girl Declaration - a call to action to put girls at the heart of the post-2015 development agenda. Invite your girls to speak up on behalf of girls all over the world who do not have a voice. Visit the site here

Worth Reading:
The Man Behind Avaaz

Chances are you've signed a petition that originated with this organisation, e.g., the international petition for peace and the quest to gain1,000,000 signatures (see Mercy e-news Issue 531, 11 September). Here's the founder, Ricken Patel's story. Changing the world one click at a time. Read it here (5pps)

Worth Thinking About:
Rich People Just Care Less
'Turning a blind eye. Giving someone the cold shoulder. Looking down on people. Seeing right through them.
These metaphors for condescending or dismissive behavior are more than just descriptive. They suggest, to a surprisingly accurate extent, the social distance between those with greater power and those with less...'
Read Daniel Goleman's article in the NY Times here

Worth Watching because there's sure to be a Mercy connection somewhere:
Amhrán na gCupán: The Cup Song (Pitch Perfect's "When I'm Gone")
Take dozens of school children of all ages with a great sense of rhythm, creative use of an equal number of plastic cups, a talented young lead singer, a tune that gets in your head...and this is what you get...Enjoy!
View the young people here (02:51)

Reminder
St John eConference: Gospel of St John, the Love of God Made Visible is being held today, 16 October. Those interested in watching these presentations by Francis Moloney SDB and Rev Dorothy Lee need to register on the website /search/discover

UN Observances:

  • World Food Day, 16 October

World Food Day 2013 video feature: Sustainable Food Systems for Food Security. View the video here (06:53)

  • International Day for the Eradication of Poverty, 17 October.  World-wide, 1 in 8 people remain hungry.

Theme for 2013: Working together towards a world without discrimination: Building on the experience and knowledge of people in extreme poverty. Watch the 'We Can End Poverty: Millennium Development Goals and Beyond 2015 video' uploaded Sep 20, 2013. View it here (01:27)

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