16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: <br> 25 November - 10 December

Vision in Action

‘Hope in a Time of Pandemic’ Issue Spotlight # 9 –Violence

MGA

‘Hope in a Time of Pandemic’ Issue Spotlight # 9 –Violence

The global pandemic has highlighted not just a health crisis, but also a social, political, environmental and economic crisis. ’Hope in a Time of Pandemic: Responding to COVID -19 through a Mercy Lens’ has revealed a number of significant issues that have come to the fore. One of these issues is violence, and in particular, violence against women and girls. This is the focus of Spotlight Report 9…

MIA Prayer Intention: Victims of Injustice or Violence

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Victims of Injustice or Violence

‘God of mercy, may we befriend those enduring violence or injustice. May we respond in mercy when confronted with another’s sorrow or pain. Give us hearts warmed by your love and strengthened by your justice, that we may not only reach out with care to individuals, but also address the causes of their suffering. We ask this as a community of faith called to service.
Amen.’
Source: Intercessions of Mercy edited by Joy Clough rsm

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MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA
MGP Theme 3, 'Presence in Ministry & Community'

MGP Theme 3, 'Presence in Ministry & Community'

Given the focus on preparation for the Living Cosmic Advent Wreath Gatherings (1-3 December), theme 3 will be released through next week's Mercy eNews

Members' News

Mercyhurst Emissary Program Starts Up Again

Americas

Mercyhurst Emissary Program Starts Up Again

“We created the Mercy Emissary program because our campus community recognized that as fewer and fewer Sisters were working on campus it would take a concerted effort from other people at Mercyhurst [University] to know and embrace the Mercy and Catholic identity of the institution,” Greg Baker, vice president of Mission Integration, said. Baker recalls how the program got started. “We worked with the Sisters to gain approval to adapt the Mercy Associate program—one that allows laypeople who are not Sisters to learn about and support the work of the Sisters—specifically for people connected to Mercyhurst University.”…

Source: The Merciad

Ayda's Painting Wins Lester Prize

ISMAPNG

Ayda's Painting Wins Lester Prize

Year 7 Mount Lilydale Mercy College student Ayda Paterson has won a prestigious art competition, The Lester Prize’s Youth Award for 2020, for her amazing painting of her brother Ruben who sadly passed away when he was just nine months old.

Her piece ‘Promise You Won’t Forget Me Ever’ took first prize in the Years 7-8 category. It was among more than 250 artworks by secondary school-aged children from around Australia entered in the Youth Awards of Western Australia’s premier fine art competition, The Lester Prize

#knowthesigns MECPATHS Campaign

The Congregation

#knowthesigns MECPATHS Campaign

The Congregation of The Sisters of Mercy is committed to responding, where possible, to the global injustice of the trafficking of persons on the island of Ireland. MECPATHS (Mercy Efforts for Child Protection against Trafficking with the Hospitality and Services Sector) was set up specifically for this purpose. MECPATHS launched an animation on Child Trafficking to mark Universal Children's Day (20 November). 25 % of human trafficking victims globally are children.

MESSAGES TO: JO O'Sullivan Network and Communications Manager

Mercy Matters

Timothy Radcliffe op: 'Embracing the Future with Hope'

Resource

Timothy Radcliffe op: 'Embracing the Future with Hope'

Audio of Talk given at Conference of Religious England & Wales (COREW) on 29 October 2020 (29:44).

‘My conviction is that Religious life will have a future if we are profoundly touched by the future of those who seem to have none. If we think primarily of our survival, we won’t.’

Webinar: Facilitating the Newly Emerging Religious Life: Our Role at the Graced Crossroads

Resource

Webinar: Facilitating the Newly Emerging Religious Life: Our Role at the Graced Crossroads

The goal of this free webinar on 1 December, presented by Dr Ted Dunn, will be ‘to explore what it means to facilitate the emergence of a new Religious Life.
Graced Crossroads: pathways to deep change and transformation
• Learning to cooperate with grace
• Inner work of transformation’.

Further details and how to register can be found here

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1878: Death of M Cecilia Maher, Foundress of Auckland.
Contribute a fact from the story of your Mercy congregation, institute or federation, to our online archive.

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: 25 November - 10 December

International Days

16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence: 25 November - 10 December

ACRATH (Australian Catholic Religious Against Trafficking in Humans) has produced a list of prayer intentions (PDF) for each day and is organising two webinars. For zoom links & additional resources, click here

FWN (The Future We Need) Group Ireland has updated its series of leaflets on 16 themes, one for each day. Download the series here. Individual leaflets can be downloaded from our online library

 1st Sunday of Advent, Year B

Gospel

1st Sunday of Advent, Year B

Mark 13:33-37

'As I write, I am watching the magpies in the yard, ever alert, rarely asleep, ready to protect their territory and their young. “Eyes wide open” is the proper stance, not just for the magpies, but for gospel people too...'

Further Resources

Faith Comes Through Hearing

Worth Reading

Faith Comes Through Hearing

‘Some days, when we cannot pray, a prayer utters itself.’

Poem by Carol Ann Duffy, former UK Poet Laureate

Photo by Valentina Locatelli on Unsplash

Read the poem & commentary here
'O Come, Emmanuel'

Worth Watching

'O Come, Emmanuel'

O Come, Emmanuel" by Elaine Hagenberg.
For SATB Choir, piano and cello.

Watch/listen here
‘Interreligious Responses to Laudato Si.' Conference Recordings & Papers

Worth Knowing

‘Interreligious Responses to Laudato Si.' Conference Recordings & Papers

The Yale Forum on Religion and Ecology co-sponsored this two-day conference from October 29-30.

‘The conference showcased the impact of Laudato Si’ across religious traditions and organizations throughout the world, and event speakers explored the encyclical’s themes of “integral ecology” on activism, engagement, and policymaking to address climate change.’

Watch the conference recordings here. Read papers from the conference in this issue of Origins.

Nourish your inner monk through contemplative creativity

Worth Reading

Nourish your inner monk through contemplative creativity

Creativity and contemplation go hand in hand.

Christine Valters Paintner writes: ‘Our “inner monk” seeks God as the source of all being, searches for a mystical connection to the divine source, longs for what is most essential in life, and cultivates this through a commitment to spiritual practice.

Our “inner artist” engages the world through the senses and is passionate about beauty, seeking to express it through a variety of media such as visual art, poetry, movement, or song and through pursuits such as gardening, cooking, and relationships. Artists bring a sense of wonder to the world and open up new ways of seeing ordinary as well as transcendent moments…’

Read the article here
Hope in hard times is an element of our prophetic vocation

Worth Reading

Hope in hard times is an element of our prophetic vocation

Horizons - As people of prayer and service, we go into dire circumstances and insist that God's goodness will be triumphant — all situations have potential. It may seem foolish, but that's the point…’

Photo by Faris Mohammed on Unsplash

Read the article here
Pope's video message to Economy of Francis

Worth Watching

Pope's video message to Economy of Francis

Pope Francis' video message at the conclusion of the three day event The Economy of Francesco (19-21 November) 2020

Watch it here

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

The Bottom Line

‘We need to accept structurally that the poor have sufficient dignity to sit at our meetings, participate in our discussions, and bring bread to their own tables. It is about much more than “social assistance” or “welfare”: we are speaking of a conversion and transformation of our priorities and of the place of others in our policies and in the social order.’ Read more

—Pope Francis, Message to Participants in Meeting ‘Economy of Francesco’, 21 November 2020

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