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Mercy Enews
No. 545 | 04 December 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


Watch ‘Fan Into a Flame – The Young Mercy Leaders' Pilgrimage’(MIA)

‘Fan Into a Flame’ was filmed during the Young Mercy Leaders Pilgrimage, held in Baggot Street in August 2013. During the Pilgrimage over 100 young people from Mayo to Belize and Melbourne to New Jersey, gathered in Dublin to undertake a journey of self-discovery and of leadership, inspired by Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy. Through presentations, discussions, reflection and prayer, students engaged the history and charism of Mercy, and returned to their ordinary lives better equipped to be Mercy leaders in our schools and in our world.

The video is linked to this item (32:06).

Messages to: Mary Kay Dobrovolny rsm - Assistant Director Heritage  & Spirituality

Image: Fanning the Flame Ritual - Adele Howard rsm photographer


Further Resources

Worth Watching
Brené Brown
Brené Brown, research professor at the University of Houston Graduate College of Social Work, has spent the past twelve years studying vulnerability, courage, worthiness, and shame. We 'introduced' her to Mercy E-news readers in Issue 510 (17 April 2013) speaking on 'The Power of Vulnerability'. In this video of her recent presentation,'Why your critics aren't the ones who count', at the 99U conference, Brené shows us how to deal with the critics and our own self-doubt by refusing to “armor up” and shut ourselves off. View the presentation here (22:40)

David Steindl-Rast OSB
We  all want to be happy. It is gratefulness that makes us happy says Benedictine Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. His recently posted talk on TED has been described as 'An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.' You decide. View it here (14:30) A reading and viewing list on the theme has also been compiled. See it here.

Worth Quoting
Message for the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
'...[I]t is vital that we give special consideration to ending modern-day slavery and servitude which affects the poorest, most socially excluded groups – including migrants, women, discriminated ethnic groups, minorities and indigenous peoples.'

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
Message for the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery
2 December 2013

Worth Knowing
Documentaries turn the camera on Sisters
NCR reports that a growing number of films focusing on the lives of women religious are currently drawing viewer interest. Among these is the film 'Sisters' produced by Carol Rittner rsm, previously highlighted in Mercy E-News. Read the NCR article here. Watch the documentary 'Sisters' here

Worth Supporting if you're in Dublin
'Voices of the 1914 Christmas Truce’ concert
Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin on Saturday, 7 December 2013, at 8 p.m.
Proceeds from the concert will go towards the Omagh-Waterford Peace Choir, and the National Children’s Hospital, Tallaght, and the Little Prince Children’s Hospital, Brazil. Details can be found here

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