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‘Hope in a Time of Pandemic’ Issue Spotlight: The Sacredness of Earth

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‘Hope in a Time of Pandemic’ Issue Spotlight: The Sacredness of Earth

Since the beginning of this pandemic, the Mercy World has expressed a renewed focus on Creation and the Sacredness of Earth. We have opened our minds and hearts to new relationships with nature that favour mutuality and sustainability over exploitation. Earth can regenerate itself. The Mercy World is recognising the value of stepping back from the many activities that so often distract us from the sacred…

MIA Prayer Intention: Witnessing to Mercy Catherine's Room, George's Hill

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Witnessing to Mercy

On 8 September 1830, 190 years ago, Catherine McAuley, Anna Maria Doyle, and Elizabeth Harley entered the convent of the Presentation Sisters on George's Hill, Dublin, to begin their training in religious life.

Let us pray that the God of Mercy will continue to bless the Mercy family with people prepared to witness to the mercy and tenderness of our God as Religious, Associates and partners-in-Ministry in a world so in need of God’s compassion and consolation.

Post your prayer in our online chapel

MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA

Resources for Mercy Day (1)

United in Spirit We Gather

Resource

United in Spirit We Gather

Ritual by Mary Wickham rsm (ISMAPNG)

Download the ritual: A4 Paper size

Download the ritual: US Letter size

Mercy Day Prayer Service

Resource

Mercy Day Prayer Service

Prepared by the Institute of the Americas Prayer and Ritual committee.

“How lovely is Your dwelling place, Lord God.” (Ps. 84)

Download the prayer service: (PDF), (Word)

Max Richter - Mercy (Official Music Video by Yulia Mahr)

Resource

Max Richter - Mercy (Official Music Video by Yulia Mahr)

‘Yulia’s stunning film places the question of mercy and compassion firmly into our everyday world.’

Take a Virtual Tour of Mercy International Centre

Take a Virtual Tour of Mercy International Centre

Virtual Tours will be conducted on 11, 13, 1519 and 20 September in preparation for Mercy Day.

Members' News

Sister Elaine Pacheco Advocates for Women and Earth

Americas

Sister Elaine Pacheco Advocates for Women and Earth

Sister Elaine Pacheco feels a strong bond with Earth. She is certain that listening to its language is as essential as listening to our own bodies. What needs to be healed in us? What messages is Earth sending us through melting ice, Amazon fires and polluted seas?

Bread and Roses Source: YouTube Janet Mead rsm (1970s)

ISMAPNG

Bread and Roses

Celebrating the fruits of the Rock Mass 48 years on.

On the 26th July, 2020, we celebrated the 48th 'birthday' of the “Rock Mass”, now known as the Romero Community Mass, after El Salvador’s Saint Oscar Romero. It was a wonderful celebration, in spite of Covid regulations. Monsignor Robert Aitken, now 91, was the celebrant as he had been at that first celebration in 1972, and Sr. Janet Mead was still adding her voice to the songs, prepared and mostly written by members of the Romero Community…

Mercy Sister calls for release of Sri Lankan refugee

ISMAPNG

Mercy Sister calls for release of Sri Lankan refugee

‘A South Australian Sister of Mercy has launched a petition urging the Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton to release into the community a Sri Lankan refugee who has spent the past 11 years in detention…’

Source: The Southern Cross

21,000 people have already signed the petition on Change.org
You can sign it here

Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm

Aotearoa New Zealand

Scripture with Kathleen Rushton rsm

Kathleen Rushton rsm writes of the parable of the labourers in the vineyard in Matthew 19:30 - 20:1-16 as the core of the Gospel. Says Sr Kathleen, ‘*we can reflect on how this parable is the kernel of the Gospel because we, too, are labourers of the eleventh hour. We, who emerged so recently in Earth’s evolving story, are blessed abundantly by God’s grace, loved and called to transformation.*’

Download the article here

Mercy Montessori's Farmessori

Americas

Mercy Montessori's Farmessori

Throughout the past several months, volunteers of all ages helped to support Mercy Montessori's (Cincinnati, Ohio) working farm, the Farmessori. With proper COVID-19 measures in place, many Mercy families visited the farm to care for the hens, help with the monthly deep cleaning of the chicken coop, water the garden, weed the beds, harvest tomatoes and sow seeds. The Farmessori bee hive was also abuzz with activity. Volunteers checked on the hives and harvested five gallons of honey!

Mercy And Medical Epidemics

The Congregation

Mercy And Medical Epidemics

The history of Mercy in Ireland shows that the congregation, particularly in the 19th century, ministered and lived in the shadow of regular outbreaks of epidemics – smallpox, cholera, typhoid, scarlet fever, tuberculosis. Then, as now, these epidemics affected the disadvantaged and marginalised disproportionately.…

MESSAGES TO: Mercy Archivists
Send in Your Mercy Day Greeting by 22 September

Send in Your Mercy Day Greeting by 22 September

Sisters, Associates, Communities, Ministries, Congregations and Institutes, as well as members of the wider Mercy network, are invited to send Mercy Day Greetings for posting on our mercyworld.org website. We look forward to posting yours!

Email your greeting to: mercyenews@mercyinternational.ie

Mercy Matters

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Gospel

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, Year A

Matthew 20:1-16a

‘From 1973 to 1975, East Jerusalem was my home. Early each morning, I crossed the road from the Chaldean Patriarchate to the Ecole Biblique Archéologique Française. I would greet the Palestinian day labourers lined up beside their vehicles, waiting for employment in the vacant lot that divided Israeli from occupied Palestinian territory. In the wake of the Yom Kippur War, these workers were living through hard times…’

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1877: Foundation to Mobile, Alabama from New Orleans

1887: Foundation to Kansas City from Louisville, Kentucky - M Agnes Dunne

1935: Opening of St Joseph's School, Swanage

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

Algorithms Control Your Online Life. Here's How to Reduce Their Influence.

Digital life

Algorithms Control Your Online Life. Here's How to Reduce Their Influence.

This article includes a look at the algorithms on four of the major content services -Facebook, YouTube, Instagram, Twitter.

Resources for the Season of Creation (3)

UISG Webinar on Jubilee for the Earth

Resource

UISG Webinar on Jubilee for the Earth

Thursday, 17 September

9:30-11:00 am Rome time (Your time here)
Languages: English and Italian

3:00-4:30 pm Rome Time (Your time here)
Languages: English, Portuguese, French, Spanish

Download the flyer here

Register here

Laudato Si' 2020 5th Anniversary Prayer

Resource

Laudato Si' 2020 5th Anniversary Prayer

Recently released video reflection of the Common Prayer for the 5th Anniversary of Laudato Si’ (3:28)

Daily Seasonal Reflections from Tui Motu

Resource

Daily Seasonal Reflections from Tui Motu

Once again, Tui Motu Interislands Magazine is providing daily emails during the Season of Creation. To sign up for them, go to Tui Motu Magazine website www.tuimotu.org and put your email address into the drop down box for Season of Creation OR send an email to editor@tuimotu.org to be signed up for them. Emails are sent out every morning 1 Sept — 4 Oct.

Online Courses on Laudato Si'

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Online Courses on Laudato Si'

The Laudato Si’ Revolution campaign, an effort of the JPIC office of Franciscan Friars, is offering free online courses in four languages on the encyclical Laudato Si’ under the theme of ‘integral ecology.’

Denise Levertov's Poem: 'Beginners'

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Denise Levertov's Poem: 'Beginners'

‘But we have only begun
to love the earth.
We have only begun
to imagine the fullness of life.
How could we tire of hope?
—so much is in bud.
How can desire fail?
—we have only begun
to imagine justice and mercy,
only begun to envision
how it might be
to live as siblings with beast and flower,
not as oppressors…

Called to Care for the Earth

Resource

Called to Care for the Earth

Begins September 23.
Wednesdays from 10:00-Noon Pacific Time (Your time here) with Dawn M. Nothwehr, OSF, PhD

4 Weeks - Attend one or all sessions

Cost: Freewill Offering to Benefit Mercy Center Burlingame

Further Resources

Make COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20

Worth Reading

Make COVID recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and planet, Guterres urges, calling for concerted action by G20

‘UN Secretary-General António Guterres has called on governments to incorporate “meaningful” climate action in all aspects of recovery from the global pandemic.’

Read the article here
'We Sing'

Worth Watching

'We Sing'

Kutcha Edwards, Indigenous Australian singer and songwriter, has released an inspiring new track, ‘We Sing’. Kutcha is accompanied by a 100 voice choir.

Chorus:

‘We sing for love
We live for justice
We long for freedom
We dream of peace’

Watch/listen here Read about the song
Vatican confirms pope will publish new encyclical in a few days

Worth Reading

Vatican confirms pope will publish new encyclical in a few days

In it, Pope Francis will address the matter of universal human fraternity. The pope will sign it at St. Francis' tomb, in Assisi, on Oct. 3.

Read the article here

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

The Bottom Line

‘Let ours be a time remembered for the awakening of a new reverence for life, the firm resolve to achieve sustainability, the quickening of the struggle for justice and peace, and the joyful celebration of life.”

— Pope Francis, Laudato Si' #207

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