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Do You Hear the Cry of the Poor? Mercy Global Action’s Participation in Laudato Si' Week

MGA

Do You Hear the Cry of the Poor? Mercy Global Action’s Participation in Laudato Si' Week

The world joined in prayer on the 24th of May on the fifth anniversary of Laudato Si’. As we prayed, “open our minds and touch our hearts, so we may be attentive to Your gift of creation” we came to the end of a week of prayer, reflection, and education. [1] Since Pope Francis published Laudato Si’, we have been living into the call to care for our common home. By integrating spirituality, science, and social justice we seek to engage in a holistic and integral approach to caring for creation…

MESSAGES TO: Amanda Carrier rsm MGA Intern
Virtual Tour Dates for June

Events & Programmes

Virtual Tour Dates for June

Remaining dates for June are: 10, 11, 16, 17.

Contact Sr Anna if you are interested in organising a special tour for your school, university, staff or community group.

MESSAGES TO: Anna Nicholls rsm Head of Heritage & Spirituality

Members' News

Latest Issue of MAST Now Available

Americas

Latest Issue of MAST Now Available

The latest issue (Vol. 26, No. 3) of The MAST Journal was recently published. Editor Eloise Rosenblatt, rsm notes that the theme this issue is “Counsels of Women” because each article offers insights and advice to readers on how to live contemplatively, creatively and compassionately. With the exception of Mother Austin Carroll’s inaugural chapter reproduced from her Retreat Instructions of 1885, the papers published in this issue grew out of professional and pastoral events taking place over a six-month period in the latter part of 2019.

MESSAGES TO: Julia Upton rsm
A Redesign of Adderton, One of Brisbane's Most Historic Buildings, is Shortlisted for an Architecture Award Adderton House & Heart of Mercy

Brisbane

A Redesign of Adderton, One of Brisbane's Most Historic Buildings, is Shortlisted for an Architecture Award

‘Built on the bones of one of Brisbane’s oldest houses, a recent and imaginative public gallery and community centre adaption embodies a many layered history and has exploited the right to use a blessedly distinctive brand name.

Who wouldn’t want to drop in to Adderton: house & heart of mercy?..’

Source: Commercial Real Estate

When all this is over Silver birch trees

The Congregation

When all this is over

‘When all this is over

we’ll follow a path
through silver birch and pine

listen for the shepherd
whistling to her flock of pregnant ewes

look for grasses
herbs trampled under their hooves

catch the scent
of crushed chamomile lavender thyme

from the mossy mountainside
drink the river’s source’

I chose ‘When all this is over’ for your magazine in the hope that it will provide some solace through this crisis…

Philippines hit by Typhoon Vongfong in May Stock image

Philippines

Philippines hit by Typhoon Vongfong in May

Editor: Typhoon Vongfong, known in the Philippines as Typhoon Ambo, was a strong tropical cyclone that struck the the Philippines last month. Evacuation was complicated by COVID-19 *’with many of the emergency shelters overcrowded with no means of social distancing, and without proper safety gear against the coronavirus… The typhoon hit as the Philippines struggles to deal with coronavirus outbreaks. The Philippines has reported nearly 12,000 infections, including 790 deaths, among the highest in Southeast Asia.*’ (DW News, 15 May)

‘Butterflies of Love’: Mercy High School Students Offer Help and Hope During the Pandemic

Americas

‘Butterflies of Love’: Mercy High School Students Offer Help and Hope During the Pandemic

Kaila Lujambio, a junior at Mercy High School in Middletown, Connecticut, along with a group of friends at the school, started "A Butterfly of Love" service project to provide facemasks, care packages and notes of gratitude to people working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic in their communities. They also make cards and deliver them to patients and others who cannot receive visitors…

Bread of Life for the World

ISMAPNG

Bread of Life for the World

Elaine Wainwright rsm offers an ecological reading of two extracts from John's Gospel —John 3:16-18 (Trinity Sunday) and John 6:51-58 (Feast of the Body and Blood of Christ).

Download the article here

Mercy Matters

5 June, World Environment Day

International Days

5 June, World Environment Day

The theme of this year’s World Environment Day is ‘Time for Nature’ - a call to action to combat the accelerating species loss and degradation of the natural world.

Trinity Sunday

Gospel

Trinity Sunday

John 3: 16-18

“She has gone to God and God is very near”. Some dear friends of mine chose these words for the cover of their mother’s funeral booklet. Their choice of words demonstrates their faith in God of whom John writes in today’s gospel. For them, as for us, God is not a distant God, but rather a God of communion, and a God in communion with the world: “God so loved the world….”’

On This

Fact

On This

1842: Foundation to Newfoundland from Baggot St - M Frances Creedon

1861: Skipton Convent, Yorkshire founded from Liverpool, Lancashire

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

8 June, World Oceans Day

International Days

8 June, World Oceans Day

With the help of Inuit hunters, geophysicists recently recorded the various calls, buzzes, clicks and whistles of narwhals (toothed whales that possess a large "tusk" from a protruding canine tooth) as they summered in a Greenland fjord.

On this day, listen to the sound of the narwhals.

*Privacy Not Included

Digital Life

*Privacy Not Included

‘A guide to help you think about, shop for, and buy products from companies that show they value privacy and security.’

Further Resources

'Shelter Me' a new song by Michael Joncas

Worth Watching

'Shelter Me' a new song by Michael Joncas

‘“Shelter Me” -- is my attempt as a church composer to find God’s presence even in these fraught times. Based on the beloved Psalm 23, my paraphrase adapts the psalmist’s sentiments to respond to our present anxieties’
—Michael Joncas

Watch/listen here Interview with Michael Joncas about the new song
'Update'Newsletter

Worth Reading

'Update'Newsletter

The June issue of ‘Update’, the monthly newsletter of LCWR, is now available

Read the newsletter here
54 Ways Coronavirus Has Changed Our World

Worth Reading

54 Ways Coronavirus Has Changed Our World

‘The coronavirus pandemic has altered the world immeasurably, yet the statistically minded among us persist in trying to measure it. Here are some aspects of our lives that have trended up or down — or both — with the backstory linked to each of them’

Explore the interactive list here
Jubilee for the Earth:New Rhythms, New Hope

Worth Knowing

Jubilee for the Earth:New Rhythms, New Hope

A free webinar for preparing for the 2020 Season of Creation, a major event in the Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year.

8 June 2020 at 04:00 pm in Rome (Your time here)

See the list of speakers & enrolment details here Laudato Si’ Anniversary Year Program
New dates agreed for COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference

Worth Knowing

New dates agreed for COP26 United Nations Climate Change Conference

The COP26 UN climate conference will now take place between 1 and 12 November 2021 in Glasgow.

Read the press release here
Instead of a 'return to normal,' let's pursue a profound transformation

Worth Reading

Instead of a 'return to normal,' let's pursue a profound transformation

‘The Irish use the word "cocooning" to refer to their mandated sheltering in place. In nature, a profound metamorphosis takes place in a cocoon — a meltdown that transforms the caterpillar into a butterfly…

Our species is called to no less profound a transformation at this singular moment in the arc of human history. At its base is a spiritual call to awaken to the sacredness, interdependence and interconnectedness of all life. To the numinous gift of Earth. To the inherent dignity of all her people. To the inherent right of all beings and ecosystems to exist, thrive and evolve. To the reality of our single destiny….’

Read the article here

Send suggestions and contributions for the ‘Worth’ Section 2020 to: The Editor

The Bottom Line

‘It may be that when we no longer know what to do
we have come to our real work,
and that when we no longer know which way to go
we have come to our real journey.
The mind that is not baffled is not employed.
The impeded stream is the one that sings.’

—Wendell Berry, Our Real Work from Standing by Words (1983)

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