MGP Reflective Poster on 'Presence Of, To and With God'

Vision in Action

Commission on Social Development Examines the Role of Digital Technologies on Well-Being of All

MGA

Commission on Social Development Examines the Role of Digital Technologies on Well-Being of All

The 59th session of the Commission for Social Development (CSocD59) took place from 8 to 17 February 2021 at the United Nations Headquarters in New York, though most sessions were held virtually. The Commission is the advisory body at the UN responsible for the social development pillar of global development. This year, the priority theme of the Commission was “Socially just transition towards sustainable development: the role of digital technologies on social development and well-being of all.”…

MIA Prayer Intention: Living Life with Dignity

Prayer

MIA Prayer Intention: Living Life with Dignity

1 March is Zero Discrimination Day which celebrates ‘the right of everyone to live a full and productive life—and live it with dignity’.

Let us pray that we will grow in respect and appreciation of difference: welcoming diversity, challenging injustice, addressing racism, defending human rights.

Post your prayer in our online chapel.

MESSAGES TO: Berneice Loch rsm CEO MIA
Segment Three 'Presence' Reflective Posters

Segment Three 'Presence' Reflective Posters

The second of the four 'Presence' collages of key images and quotes on the theme 'Presence To Earth' will be released through Mercy eNews next Wednesday, 3 March.

Members' News

Happily Ever After

Americas

Happily Ever After

Julia Upton rsm writes: ‘No one's life journey is as smooth or simple as those fairy tales led us to believe. Throughout life's ups and downs, twists and turns, we need support and encouragement to maintain health — physical, emotional and spiritual—particularly in our later years. Rather than "happily ever after," we seek a more realistic and achievable goal: to live the best life possible all our days….’

Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) Call for Equitable Distribution of Vaccines Stock image

Australia and Papua New Guinea

Catholic Religious Australia (CRA) Call for Equitable Distribution of Vaccines

Catholic Religious Australia (CRA), of which the four Australian Mercy Congregations are members, has released a statement opposing ‘the stockpiling of COVID-19 vaccines by wealthy nations and supports an equitable distribution of vaccines around the globe, particularly to developing nations.’…

All Hallows' School - Mercy Action Commissioning Liturgy

Brisbane

All Hallows' School - Mercy Action Commissioning Liturgy

At the start of each school year, the staff and students of All Hallows' School who are involved in the Mercy Action program, gather for a blessing on their work. The extensive social justice program is a core part of the School's co-curricular offerings and is supported by staff, students, parents and even past pupils who return to supervise some of the groups in a voluntary capacity…

Mercy Matters

Ruth: An Earth Bible Commentary

Resource

Ruth: An Earth Bible Commentary

‘This ecological reading of the book of Ruth by Alice M. Sinnott rsm (ANZ) takes into account the power of this short story to speak to the whole person by engaging each reader's emotions, imagination, memory, and reason. Sr Sinnott shows how the story of Ruth transcends geographical, spatial and historical boundaries by speaking to all concerned with the plight of the Earth…’ Published July 2020.

Order from Bloomsbury or Amazon. Part of the Earth Bible Commentary Series

Growing Back Better

Resource

Growing Back Better

A Lent retreat of seven sessions with Margaret Silf.

‘We have all come through a year like no other in living memory, and now we have arrived in a new year, carrying all the hopes and dreams of a new beginning, but also the many fears and troubles of the year just passed. The season of Lent gives us a heaven-sent opportunity to reflect prayerfully on our recent experience and the difficulties and the possibilities it has set before us.’

Religious Life for Our World: UISG & CTU Webinar

Resource

Religious Life for Our World: UISG & CTU Webinar

Panel discussion on the book Religious Life For Our World: Creating Communities of Hope by Maria Cimperman rscj. A Kindle version is available from Amazon.
Panel: Christine Mwale op, Catherine Jones smsm and Sr Maria.  Moderator: Patricia Murray ibvm

Date: 24 February. Time: 9am (Chicago). Find out the time and date for your local area here

Zoom link is here
Meeting ID: 817 7325 8767

Surprised by God: A Lenten Invitation to Reflect on God’s Surprising Nearness

Resource

Surprised by God: A Lenten Invitation to Reflect on God’s Surprising Nearness

Organised by the Religious Formation Conference USA and led by Dr. Chrissy Zaker from CTU Chicago.

‘In the middle of this winter’s darkness and social distance, in a period of Lenten renewal, we might find it hard to recognize God in our midst. Refining our skills of theological reflection is one critical way to attune our hearts to God’s presence.’

Date: 3 March. Time: 1pm (central) Find out the time and date for your local area here

The webinar is free. Registration is required. Further information and registration details are here

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B

Gospel

2nd Sunday of Lent, Year B

Mark 9:2-10

'The wilderness was the geographical and key symbolic focus of last week’s gospel story. This week, the focus is a mountain. Wilderness and mountain remind us that God’s Earth itself is the locus of mystery and grace, the place of Earth-divine encounter...'

On This Day

Fact

On This Day

1854: William McAuley, Catherine's nephew, married Jessie Tomkins, Colac

1856: Foundation to Buenos Aires, Argentina from Baggot St - M Evangelista Fitzpatrick

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

Further Resources

The Julia Tree: Growing hope, jobs, justice, and peace

Worth Knowing

The Julia Tree: Growing hope, jobs, justice, and peace

The Julia Tree Challenge grows trees on Africa’s Great Green Wall. It is an ecosystem that also champions the education of girls, the empowerment of women, and peace and racial justice projects worldwide.

Learn how to support this initiative
'Journey to Your Heart'

Worth Watching

'Journey to Your Heart'

Journey to Your Heart composed by Marie Dunne chf and sung by Patricia Bourke D'Souza

Watch/listen here
LCWR 'Update'

Worth Reading

LCWR 'Update'

The March issue of ‘Update’, the monthly newsletter from LCWR (Leadership Conference of Women Religious) is now online.

Read 'Update' here
UN offers science-based blueprint to tackle climate crisis, biodiversity loss and pollution

Worth Knowing

UN offers science-based blueprint to tackle climate crisis, biodiversity loss and pollution

‘Without nature’s help, “we will not thrive or even survive”, the UN Secretary-General António Guterres said on Thursday, launching a major report on the environment.’

Read the article here Download the Report here (168pps)
Sacred People Sacred Earth

Worth Knowing

Sacred People Sacred Earth

Sacred People Sacred Earth is the faith-climate justice day of global action being held at 11am local time everywhere (‘the eleventh hour’) on 11 March 2021.

Find out More & Sign the Statement here Document: 'Creative Ways to be involved from home' (in English & en español)

Send suggestions and contributions for the ‘Worth’ Section 2021 to: The Editor

The Bottom Line

‘Do not be afraid of being fragile but think of Lent as the transformation from ashes to light, from what is leftover to fullness… as a time that is not penitential, but alive, not a time of mortification, but as revitalization. It is the time the seed is in the earth.’

—Ermes Ronchi osm

Mercy eNews

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

For more information on the directors click here