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Mercy Enews
No. 538 | 30 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


Videos of Presentations from the Second National Symposium on Catherine McAuley Now Online (The Congregation)

Editor: In Mercy E-news Issue 535 (9 October, 2013) we reported on the very successful Second National Symposium on Catherine McAuley, organised by The Congregation's Committee for the Cause of Catherine's Canonisation.

We are pleased to announce that the videos of the presentations are now available in the Spirituality section of the mercyworld.org website (linked to this item), along with the text of each presentation. The presentations are

  • Gathering the Harvest of Catherine’s Faith: Mary Reynolds rsm, Executive Director MIA
  • Gathering the Harvest of Catherine’s Love and Humility: Mary C Sullivan, Biographer of Catherine McAuley
  • Gathering the Harvest of Catherine’s Hope: Brenda Dolphin rsm, Postulator for the Cause of Catherine McAuley

Thank you to the Canonisation Committe for generously making these presentations available to the global Mercy family and to Marie B Stuart rsm for her filming on the day.

Messages to:
Anne Hannon rsm - Vice-postulator Europe and Africa
Marie B Stuart rsm - Videographer


Image: Mary Reynolds rsm presenting to the assembled group.



Further Resources

Worth Watching:
David and Goliath: Underdogs, Misfits, and the Art of Battling Giants
by Malcolm Gladwell
We all know the story: David, a young shepherd armed only with a sling, beats Goliath, the mighty warrior. But do we know its meaning?  Last month Gladwell told the story of David and Goliath on TED. Watch it here (15:41). It's engrossing. Listen to an extended interview on National Public Radio with Gladwell about the book here (18:34)

By now most readers would have read 'A Big Heart Open to God', the interview with Pope Francis published in America magazine. The interview on 'Charlie Rose', with Matt Malone SJ, Editor of America and Joseph McShane SJ, President of Fordham University, is a very informative conversation about the papal interview. Watch it here on Bloomberg (23:46)

Worth Reading:
Why We Don’t Care About Saving Our Grandchildren From Climate Change
A new study suggests that human beings are too selfish to endure present pain to avert future climate change. That's why we need win-win solutions now. Read the article here

“A billion reasons to believe in Africa: The long march from ‘the hopeless continent’ to ‘the spiritual lung of humanity'"

On 18 October, Agbinkhianmeghe E. Orobator SJ, Provincial of the Eastern Africa Jesuit Province, gave the 2013 CAFOD Pope Paul VI lecture at Kings College London. His talk was entitled '"A billion reasons to believe in Africa: The long march from ‘the hopeless continent’ to ‘the spiritual lung of humanity'".Orobator concluded his talk by saying that 'In spite of harmful stigmatization and stereotypical portrayal, Africa has defied formidable odds and demonstrated resilience and resolve borne on the courage and hope of a billion people. As should be clear, belief in Africa is first and foremost belief by Africans in Africa!' Read the talk here

I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban. Released 8 October
Available in the following editions: kindle, paperback, hardback, CD. Order from Amazon

Worth Hearing:
On Human Trafficking
Joan S. Dawber, S.C., talks about the work of LifeWay Network, an organization that seeks to combat human trafficking through the provision of safe housing and education. Podcast is available here

Worth Ordering:
The Cosmic Story: What Does it Have to Do with Religious Life?
New understandings of the cosmic story have clearly captured our attention. But what do these insights have to do with our everyday lives?
The Winter 2014 issue of Occasional Papers will explore how the cosmic story impacts on a number of aspects of life.
Further details and order form are available from the LCWR website. View the site here

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