Fifth Biennial Pilgrimage for Young Mercy Leaders (Secondary) Now Wonderfully Underway in MIC

L-R: Laura Benedo (St Vincent's Dundalk), Margaret Scroope rsm (MIA), Marian Gardner (MGA Intern)

Vision in Action

MIA Prayer Intention: Young Mercy Leaders

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Young Mercy Leaders

Join us in prayer for all the young people on pilgrimage at Mercy International Centre this week (16-19 July).

During their days at Baggot Street may they
deepen their understanding of Mercy;
strengthen their commitment to the gospel of Jesus Christ:
broaden their horizons through all they hear and see and do;
form strong ties with other young Mercy pilgrims;
carry home a desire to be of Christian service in the Mercy spirit; and be a source of inspiration for their peers upon their return from the birthplace of Mercy.

Post your prayer in our online chapel.

MESSAGES TO: Mary Reynolds rsm CEO MIA
Mercy Global Presence Week-long Programme

Events & Programmes

Mercy Global Presence Week-long Programme

There has been a wonderful response to the week-long Mercy Global Presence (MGP) programme scheduled for 29 September - 3 October. All places in the programme are now filled.

A further week-long MGP programme will be offered in August 2020. See general information here.

MESSAGES TO: Anna Nicholls rsm Leader, Heritage & Spirituality

Members' News

Our Daily Bread Painting © Jen Norton. Used in Tui Motu article with permission

ISMAPNG

Our Daily Bread

Elaine Wainwright rsm suggests how we can pray the Our Father in this time of ecological crisis.

Sr Elaine writes: 'Our challenge in the 21st century is to trust that tomorrow will provide what will sustain all creatures, all life-forms that rely upon Earth for survival. It is a radical challenge to the human community to share and to live in a way that allows all life to flourish.'

Pittsburgh International Airport Teams with Carlow University to Provide New In-Terminal Customer Experience

Americas

Pittsburgh International Airport Teams with Carlow University to Provide New In-Terminal Customer Experience

Pittsburgh International Airport and Carlow University have teamed up to develop a new proactive approach to improving the customer experience. Carlow is curating and piloting a first-of-its-kind airport customer social care service program that moves beyond minimum expectations…

We are facing a border crisis of our own making: Jean Stokan

Americas

We are facing a border crisis of our own making: Jean Stokan

‘For more than 30 years, I’ve led faith-focused delegations to Central America — and since 2016, to U.S.-Mexico border communities. We’ve taken nuns, bishops, rabbis and grassroots congregants to learn about realities rarely covered in the news.

This April our delegation visited El Paso, Brownsville, and McAllen, Texas, as well as Juárez and Matamoras, Mexico. We talked to U.S. Border Patrol agents, religious and NGO workers on the ground, and migrants who recently crossed over, including those caged under the bridge in El Paso…’

Source: El Paso Times

An Gaírdín Celebrates 25 Years A-Growing

The Congregation

An Gaírdín Celebrates 25 Years A-Growing

‘When the Mercy order of nuns allowed Noreen Lyons and three other Sisters from the Clonfert Diocese, “to follow our dream” back in 1994, they gave the green light to a project that was way ahead of its time.

The vision involved a small group of nuns – 3 teachers and a health worker – opting to live in harmony with the land and the seasons, cherishing the Earth and all its inhabitants. They developed a centre in Portumna on two-and-a half-acres of land belonging to the Mercy order, where people could live and work with nature…’

Source: Connacht Tribune

A Haven of Solace in Donegal

The Congregation

A Haven of Solace in Donegal

‘The word ‘Solace’ was borrowed into English in the 14th century (via the Normans) from the Latin solacium, which in turn derives from the Latin verb solari, meaning "to console."
“Solari” is also the source of the English words "console" and "consolation". When I first visited ‘Solace’ in St. Joseph’s Avenue in Donegal town, Billy Love was tending the lovely grotto and gardens. There is an innate feeling of tranquility as the fountain water trickles over the stones, and inside Sister Magdalene was meeting some of her service users. She is a tireless champion of hospice home care, reluctant to take any credit herself, but behind her gentle humble demeanour, there’s a serious resolve born out of faith and compassion…’

Mercy Matters

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Gospel

17th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year C

Luke 11:1-13

‘This Sunday’s gospel offers three little cameos about praying and about God’s generous giving. There are two teachings on prayer forming a frame around an enigmatic parable…’

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

Nothing is recorded in our online calendar as occurring on this day.

Contribute a fact from the story of your Mercy congregation, institute or federation, to our online archive.

Day One. Your Journal for Life

Digital Life

Day One. Your Journal for Life

App of the year. Apple editor’s Choice. Apple Design Award.

Free and paid versions available.

Radio Programme: Muffin Talk

Resource

Radio Programme: Muffin Talk

This programme is hosted by Beate Matthies, Manager of the Te Ngakau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre, Auckland. Host and guests explore topics of the heart and spirit.

Mercy Crosses in Multiple Sizes

Resource

Mercy Crosses in Multiple Sizes

*Walnut wood with laser-engraved, gold filled inner cross
*Sizes:
4 2/4” x 3” - US$20.00
8” x 5” - US$35.00
17” x 11” - US$85.00
17” x 11” Processional Cross - US$115.00

(Processional Cross - The large size Mercy Cross is available with an identical laser-engraved, gold filled inner cross design on the reverse side (Pole not included.)

To order contact: Dorothy Thum rsm

Resources

Reflections on the Burning Cathedral

Worth Reading

Reflections on the Burning Cathedral

‘Our Earth is burning. Our sacred "Sister Mother Earth who sustains and governs us" is on fire. We see the sacred spires of trees in the Amazon falling to fire, the baptismal fonts of rivers and lakes languishing in drought and pollution, the daily eucharistic altars of family tables in Honduras, Salvador and Guatemala empty of food for children, and we stand before the death beds of species becoming extinct as we act as hospice-midwives…’

Read the article here
Compassion

Worth Watching

Compassion

‘For everyone you listen to
Have compassion
Even if they don’t want it
What seems cynicism
Is always a sign
Always a sign
Always a sign’

Watch/listen to Lucinda Williams performing Compassion, her ‘masterwork at the intersection of poetry and philosophy’.

One climate crisis disaster happening every week, UN warns

Worth Reading

One climate crisis disaster happening every week, UN warns

‘Developing countries must prepare now for profound impact, disaster representative says’

Read the article here
Global response to poverty and environmental goals 'not ambitious enough’

Worth Reading

Global response to poverty and environmental goals 'not ambitious enough’

‘The global response to realizing poverty and environmental goals agreed by world leaders in 2015 has not been “ambitious enough” according to the UN Secretary-General.’

Read the article here

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‘Dear young people, do not bury your talents, the gifts that God has given you. Do not be afraid to dream of great things.’

Pope Francis

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