The Nexus Between Covid-19 and Human Trafficking: Jeanne Christensen rsm

Vision in Action

MIA Prayer Intention: For 2020 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: For 2020 World Day Against Trafficking in Persons

God of today and tomorrow, may there be blessings of true justice for us and for all people who have been trafficked. Amen

God of each one’s story, may there be blessings of tender love for us and for all who have been trafficked into abuse and sufferings. Amen

God we are so small, give us your Light and help us humbly remember that you love and cherish each person and that we are all your children. Amen

Source: ACRATH

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MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA
Mercy Global Action Observes World Day Against Trafficking in Persons - 30 July 2020

MGA

Mercy Global Action Observes World Day Against Trafficking in Persons - 30 July 2020

The United Nations and people around the world commemorate World Day against Trafficking in Persons annually on 30 July to raise awareness of the situation of human trafficking around the world, and to call on governments, civil society organizations, the private sector, and all societies to redouble their efforts to prevent people from being exploited, protect those who have been trafficked, and seek justice and prosecution of perpetrators.

MESSAGES TO: Cecilie Kern Global Policy & Research Advocate, MIA-MGA
Join a Virtual Tour in August

Events & Programmes

Join a Virtual Tour in August

Anna Nicholls rsm will be offering live online presentations during August where some of the stories told during a physical tour of Mercy International Centre will be shared.

Dates for August virtual tours are: 4, 11, 17, 20 and 26.

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

MESSAGES TO: Anna Nicholls rsm Head of Heritage & Spirituality
Second MGP Segment Poster & Regional Gathering

Second MGP Segment Poster & Regional Gathering

The second of the Segment Two posters —'Mercy & Degradation of Earth'— and accompanying guide will be released through Mercy eNews next week (5 August).
Bookings for the second set of Regional Gatherings open online on Monday, 3 August.

Members' News

A Chat with the Inspirational Sr Helen Culhane, Founder of the Children’s Grief Centre

The Congregation

A Chat with the Inspirational Sr Helen Culhane, Founder of the Children’s Grief Centre

‘The Children’s Grief Centre, located in Limerick city, is a free support service for children and young people who have experienced a loss through bereavement, separation, or divorce. Founded in 2009, the centre has since grown greatly, having helped over 1400 children to deal with the emotional and mental effects of dealing with a loss…’

Source: iLoveLimerick.ie

MESSAGES TO: Helen Culhane rsm
Meeting the Challenge in our Time

Americas

Meeting the Challenge in our Time

Those among us who heard President John F. Kennedy give his inaugural address probably remember several lines that held a particular meaning or had a poetic flair. “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country.” “The torch has been passed to a new generation.” “We do these things not because they are easy but because they are hard.”

I was in my twenties when I listened to that address, part of that new generation, still in my first fervor in religious life and ready and willing to do whatever it took to meet the challenges ahead…

MESSAGES TO: Pat Kenny rsm
Mercy Global Presence Online Retreats: Global Contemplation Bringing the Mercy International Vision to Life. L-r: Margie Abbott rsm, Sally Neaves

ISMAPNG

Mercy Global Presence Online Retreats: Global Contemplation Bringing the Mercy International Vision to Life.

In her original writing about the purpose of Mercy Global Presence, Elizabeth Davis said “Mercy Global Presence is rooted in the conviction that there is a rich diversity among us and in the special exploration we do there will be the power and promise of intercultural wisdom and energy”. The recent series of eight unique 1 or 2 day Mercy Global Presence retreats, facilitated by Margie Abbott rsm and Sally Neaves, adopted this conviction…

Harvest proves Wembley’s Century Old Olive Trees Still Have Life Stock image

Australia

Harvest proves Wembley’s Century Old Olive Trees Still Have Life

Heritage-listed olive trees at MercyCare’s Wembley Intergenerational Campus [Perth] have been returned to their original century-old roots with olives harvested during June.

MercyCare staff and volunteers harvested 87 kilograms of olives thanks to the generous knowledge and assistance of volunteers.

The olive trees were planted in the 1850s by Benedictine Monks who occupied the site through to the 1860s.

The monks had harvested olives, which they pressed in The Stables nearby onsite to make olive oil.

Mercy Matters

GCCM Laudato Si' Animator Program

Resource

GCCM Laudato Si' Animator Program

MIA is a founding member of GCCM (Global Catholic Climate Movement)

GCCM Animators receive online training in their language about the core Laudato Si’ concepts and the causes and consequences of climate change. They finish the six-week program with a final project that encourages them to take action for creation.
The next class begins on 29 July. Details and how to register can be found here

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Gospel

18th Sunday in Ordinary Time Year A

Matthew 14:13-21

According to the most recent International Food Policy Research Institute (IFRI) Report, the number of people living in extreme poverty has fallen below ten percent of the global population for the first time in history, down from nineteen per cent in 1990. The same figures hold for the undernourished in our world. Encouraging as the improved statistics may be, it is still a fact that almost three quarters of a billion people have less than $US1.90 per day to meet all their basic needs for food, shelter and security and this situation has been seriously exacerbated by the outbreak of Covid-19…

The MAST Journal & Archives

Resource

The MAST Journal & Archives

The Mercy Association in Scripture and Theology (MAST) Board generously makes available on its website past copies of the MAST journal for non-subscribers to access. Issues are posted online two years after publication.

Mental Health Awareness Exercises

Digital Life

Mental Health Awareness Exercises

Seven audio exercises. Topics covered: Addiction, Ageing, Anxiety, Depression, Grief, Insomnia, Loneliness

5 Ways to Get Google Calendar on Your Desktop

Technical Tip

5 Ways to Get Google Calendar on Your Desktop

Five handy ways to access Google Calendar on your desk top.

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

2020: First Global Regional Gatherings on Zoom for Mercy Global Presence

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

Further Resources

'He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven'

Worth Watching

'He Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven'

Poem by W.B. Yeats. Music by Julie Abbé

One of four Yeats poems put to music by Julie on her new album Numberless Dreams

Watch/listen here
Laudato Si': Caring for Creation and Future Generations

Worth Reading

Laudato Si': Caring for Creation and Future Generations

The latest issue of Ad Vitam, the magazine of consecrated life in Canada, is focussed on Laudato Si’.

Read the webzine Download the PDF version
Reflections - Br. David Steindl-Rast

Worth Watching

Reflections - Br. David Steindl-Rast

‘Gratefulness is the key to joy…Of course, there are many things that are terrible in our world today, but it gives me joy to be around – to be able to interact with – people who try to make the world better, to see what’s going on, even the difficult things.’
~ Br. David Steindl-Rast

Watch it here (7:48)
'Humana Communitas in the Age of Pandemic: Untimely Meditations on Life's Rebirth.'

Worth Reading

'Humana Communitas in the Age of Pandemic: Untimely Meditations on Life's Rebirth.'

The Pontifical Academy for Life has published “Humana Communitas in the Age of Pandemic: Untimely Meditations on Life's Rebirth.” The document presents reflections on the COVID-19 crisis and on what the future could hold for a world already changed by the pandemic

Read the document here
The Great Climate Migration Has Begun

Worth Reading

The Great Climate Migration Has Begun

‘This article, the first in a series on global climate migration, is a partnership between ProPublica and The New York Times Magazine, with support from the Pulitzer Center.’

Read the article here
Holy See advocates for protecting rights of human trafficking victims

Worth Reading

Holy See advocates for protecting rights of human trafficking victims

Monsignor Joseph Grech reaffirms the Vatican’s commitment to protecting the rights of victims of human trafficking, at the 20th Conference of the Alliance against Trafficking in Persons.

Read the article here

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

The Bottom Line

‘The lessons of fragility, finitude, and vulnerability bring us to the threshold of a new vision: they foster an ethos of life that calls for the engagement of intelligence and the courage of moral conversion. To learn a lesson is to become humble; it means to change, searching for resources of meaning hitherto untapped, perhaps disavowed. To learn a lesson is to become mindful, once more, of the goodness of life that offers itself to us, releasing an energy that runs even deeper than the unavoidable experience of loss, that need to be elaborated and integrated in the meaning of our existence. Can this occasion be the promise of a new beginning for the humana communitas, the promise of life’s rebirth? If so, under what conditions?’
Read More

Pontifical Academy for Life, ''Humana Communitas in the Age of Pandemic: Untimely Meditations on Life's Rebirth', 22 July 2020

Mercy eNews

The online newsletter of Mercy International Association is published weekly, 48 weeks each year and distributed to subscribers via email.

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