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Vision in Action

MIA Prayer Intention: A World of Solidarity in Justice 'The Future is in Our Hands' (Syria)-Joel Bergner.
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Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: A World of Solidarity in Justice

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: A World of Solidarity in Justice

As we prepare to direct our focus to the theme ‘New Foundations in Mercy’, may these words of Jean-Pierre Ruiz from our prayer for displaced persons continue to inform our prayer and action:

“Imagine into being a world of solidarity in justice. In that world, barriers of brick and barbed wire no longer keep people apart; the walls of xenophobic words that make people strangers to each other come crumbling down, and the differences between us lead not to intolerance and distrust but to graced growth in shared understanding that makes for authentic human flourishing’.

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MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA
Fleeing like Jesus: Commemorating World Refugee Day

Fleeing like Jesus: Commemorating World Refugee Day

Fleeing like Jesus: Commemorating World Refugee Day

The United Nations annually commemorates World Refugee Day on the 20th of June. This year we are called to focus on knowing the people who undertake dangerous journeys, fleeing their homes in search of safety.

In “To Know in Order to Understand” [in English; in Spanish], a joint statement from Faith-Based Organizations (FBO’s) across the world, Mercy International Association-Mercy Global Action joins the voices of many others advocating for refugees and internally displaced persons (IDPs).

MESSAGES TO: Amanda Carrier rsm MGA Intern

Members' News

Love and Courage in East Harlem: Then and Now Yolanda Otero (L) and Sr Suzanne (R)

Americas

Love and Courage in East Harlem: Then and Now

Before the coronavirus devastated New York City, I spent several days with Sister Suzanne Deliee in East Harlem. I went with her to Little Sisters of the Assumption (LSA) Family Health Service, a social service agency where she works, and CREA (Centro de Recursos Educativos para Adultos), an adult learning center on whose board of directors she serves…

My hope is that the photos—taken before social distancing—speak to the ongoing love, courage and resilience of East Harlem’s Spanish-speaking immigrant people, and to Sister Suzanne’s commitment to them. We share this story in honor of World Refugee Day, as the people portrayed here are refugees from hunger, instability and violence in their home countries, and they seek new beginnings…

MESSAGES TO: Catherine (Cathy) Walsh Communications Specialist Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, Northeast
Mercy University Hospital Cork says thank you for all the support during this pandemic

The Congregation

Mercy University Hospital Cork says thank you for all the support during this pandemic

‘The Mercy University Hospital has thanked the public for the extraordinary level of support it has received locally and nationally during the Covid-19 crisis to date.

In a new video, released on social media, staff from the hospital detail how the outbreak has impacted the hospital, and describe how volunteers, civic partners, colleagues, agencies and the wider community of Cork has supported the hospital during this time.’

Source: EchoLive.ie

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Laud SCOTUS Decision on DACA

Americas

Sisters of Mercy of the Americas Laud SCOTUS Decision on DACA

The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas laud the Supreme Court’s decision rejecting the president’s effort to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, ruling 5-4 that the administration’s rescission of the program was “arbitrary and capricious.”

At a time full of much uncertainty, we must rejoice in this decision as a victory for justice and humanity. Young people brought to the United States know no other home. Many have pursued educational and vocational goals and are now making significant contributions to their communities…

Women Religious, Inspired by Protests, also See Long Road Ahead (L) Lisa Griffith rsm, Regina Ward rsm (R)

Americas

Women Religious, Inspired by Protests, also See Long Road Ahead

‘Wanting to do something more is what prompted Mercy Sisters Lisa Griffith and Regina Ward, leaders in the Mercy Education System of the Americas, to take part in two protests near where they live in Silver Spring, Maryland. One of the protests was student-led, another involved kneeling in silence for about three minutes at a major intersection, the amount of time Floyd was said to be no longer alive while still under the knee of police officer Derek Chauvin…’

Source: Catholic San Francisco

MESSAGES TO: Srs Lisa and Regina MESA
A Desire for Freedom

ISMAPNG

A Desire for Freedom

The Karen [an ethnic group from Burma (Myanmar)] students at St Mary’s campus of Catherine McAuley College, [Bendigo, Victoria], gathered to record the powerful song ‘A Desire for Freedom’, a contemporary song by the Karen artist Chally. The song is sung in the S’gaw Karen dialect and the translation …was done by the students.

Attached is a reflection on the song’s purpose, meaning and significance. Written in their own words, the summary is a compelling reflection on what is important to them.

MESSAGES TO: Karen Students St Mary's Campus
Behind the Scenes of Vatican Art and Architecture

Aotearoa New Zealand

Behind the Scenes of Vatican Art and Architecture

This is the second part of the online presentation given by Christopher Longhurst for the Mercy Spirituality Centre, Auckland. Beate (Manager)advises that it is a ‘stand alone’ session so all are welcome. The focus is on the old and new Saint Peter’s Basilica, the Sistine Chapel, papal art galleries at the Vatican Museums, and Raphael’s rooms in the historical Apostolic Palace.

MESSAGES TO: Beate Matthies Manager

Mercy Matters

13th Sunday on Ordinary Time, Year A

Gospel

13th Sunday on Ordinary Time, Year A

Matthew 10:37-42

What price are we prepared to pay to create a just, equitable and healthy planetary community? That question is at the heart of today’s gospel reading… We seem to be at a turning point in world history, with a climate crisis, a pandemic that has claimed the lives of some 410,000 people and a new consciousness of the discrimination and violence experienced by people of colour…

Prayer for Peace of Mind

Resource

Prayer for Peace of Mind

This short video prayer (2:33) for peace of mind and heart, asks God for inner peace and comfort. Uplifting images of birds flying around a tranquil lake accompany the text.

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1888: Foundation to St John Baptist, Tralee from Killarney - M Elizabeth O'Riordan

1888: Foundation to Midhurst from Brighton

1888: Foundation to Cooktown, Queensland from Dungarvan - M de Sales Meagher

1942: Wellington experienced a major earthquake. The brick Convent at Brougham Street was severely damaged. None of the Sisters were harmed.

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

Re-imagining the Future: Meeting with CLAR (Latinamerican Confederation of Religious)

Resource

Re-imagining the Future: Meeting with CLAR (Latinamerican Confederation of Religious)

Digital Life

Adobe's Photoshop Camera app is here.

Announced last November, it is now available free for both iOS and Android

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

International Days

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking

The theme for the 2020 International Day Against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking “Better Knowledge for Better Care” emphasizes the need to improve the understanding of the world drug problem and how in turn, better knowledge will foster greater international cooperation for countering its impact on health, governance and security.

Further Resources

Ave Maria (Schubert)- Cello & Piano

Worth Watching

Ave Maria (Schubert)- Cello & Piano

Marnie Laird (Piano) and Patrick Laird (Cello) are Brooklyn Duo . They cover popular music on classical instruments.

Watch/listen here
Presentations on Diversity and Consecrated Life Available Online

Worth Watching

Presentations on Diversity and Consecrated Life Available Online

The Center for the Study of Consecrated Life, has made freely available videos of Barbara Kraemer OSF and Michel Andraos from their 8-9 May conference, Engaging Our Diversity: Interculturality and Consecrated Life . Presentations run 30 to 40 minutes each. Watch:“We Belong To One Another” Barbara Kraemer, OSF, PhD and “Interculturality: Challenges and Opportunities for Ministry“ Michel Andraos, PhD

The Art of Reading and Praying Scripture

Worth Knowing

The Art of Reading and Praying Scripture

A series of 4 x 1-hour modules examining different methods of reading Scripture. Each module will focus on a different methodology for the reader to come to know and pray using the Divine Word of God.

A free course from the Australian Marists

Enrol here
Aggravating Circumstances: How coronavirus impacts human trafficking

Worth Knowing

Aggravating Circumstances: How coronavirus impacts human trafficking

‘The coronavirus is not only claiming hundreds of thousands of lives, but is also causing a global economic crisis that is expected to rival or exceed that of any recession in the past 150 years.’

A publication of Global Initiative

Download the publication here
How Humanity Unleashed a Flood of New Diseases

Worth Reading

How Humanity Unleashed a Flood of New Diseases

‘What do Covid-19, Ebola, Lyme and AIDS have in common? They jumped to humans from animals after we started destroying habitats and ruining ecosystems.’

A New York Times feature

Read the article here
Pope Francis: Message for Fourth World Day of the Poor

Worth Reading

Pope Francis: Message for Fourth World Day of the Poor

15 November 2020

‘Keeping our gaze fixed on the poor is difficult, but more necessary than ever if we are to give proper direction to our personal life and the life of society…We cannot feel “alright” when any member of the human family is left behind and in the shadows…’ (#3,#4)

Read the message here
Coronavirus and Peru

Worth Knowing

Coronavirus and Peru

On Sunday, June 14, 2020, the Archbishop of Lima, Monsignor Carlos Castillo, presided over the Eucharistic celebration of the Solemnity of Corpus Christi in the Cathedral Basilica of Lima behind closed doors and with the moving frame of more than 5,000 photographs of those who had died from Covid-19 in Peru. View the video here (SPA)

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Over 70% of the indigenous Peruvian community of Cantagallo Island have tested positive for coronavirus. This is how they are surviving lockdown.

Read the article here

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

The Bottom Line

‘I sometimes think that capitalism is a catastrophe constantly being mitigated and cleaned up by mutual aid and kinship networks, by the generosity of religious and secular organisations, by the toil of human-rights lawyers and climate groups, and by the kindness of strangers.
Imagine if these forces, this spirit, weren’t just the cleanup crew, but were the ones setting the agenda.’

⁠—Rebecca Solnit, '"The way we get through this is together": the rise of mutual aid under coronavirus', The Guardian, 14 May 2020

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