Entrusted with the Light, We Go Forth
Editor: What a great finish to a wonderful week !
We began our day with a most moving ritual prepared by the Religious Sisters of the Philippines and led by Raphael Amante rsm. Sr Raphael was the sole representative of her congregation at Baggot street this week, but in her manner of simplicity and deep faith, she brought the presence of her congregation— and all they had been through as a result of cyclone Yolanda— into the chapel. We could not fail to be moved.
The prayer ritual was followed by a talk given by Aine O'Connor rsm, Mercy Global Action Co-ordinator at the UN. Aine painted a very clear picture of the needs and challenges of our world; the actions of Mercy in addressing the issues that confront our world, and throughout her address, challenged, encouraged and inspired us to remain faithful to the task of bringing mercy and justice to those people and places most in need of God's mercy.
The Closing Ceremony commenced with thanks to all who had contributed to this week of global celebration and global connection. Each one was named for her/his individual contribution and recognised for being 'The Gift You are'.
We concluded our day and week together with a Sending Out of the light to the five continents where there is a Mercy presence today. An Irish blessing was prayed on us all, to give us strength for the journey - both outward and inward..
May all this week has held unite us, sustain us and inspire us to go forward bravely and with confidence, knowing we are not alone but 'united by a spirit and a story'.
Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Image: Sara Druhan. Carriers of the light to the five Continents: L-r: Srs Cristina Mira (to the Americas), Philomena Bowers (to Europe), Scholastica Nganda (to Africa), Mary Reynolds, Raphael Amante (to Asia), Catherine Jambet (to Australia and Oceania)