August 01, 2015

Let Us Open The Doors of Mercy Together

This is a Kairos moment in Mercy International Association!; Ona ke ona motsotso wa mohau wa seboka sa ditho – bathusi; Ang Mahalagang "Kairos" sandali ng Sanlibutang Kapulungan ng Paghahabag; Seo Am Tráthúil do Chumann Idirnáisiunta na Trócaire; Em nau- Em Taim Stret bilong Mercy International Association!; Te wa hou nei mo Te Kahui o Te Aroha o Te Ao; Huu ni wakati Muafaka katika Muungano wa Kimataifa wa (shirika la) Huruma; ¡Este es un momento Kairos en la Asociación Internacional de la Misericordia! #

As was announced in a recent edition of Mercy e-News, all our Mercy Leaders and the MIA Board took a decision to invite Sisters of Mercy and our Partners- in- Mercy in the Jubilee Year of Mercy to participate in a worldwide reflection process so that we can discern together globally a shared response to the human and other than human cry for Mercy in our world today.

Download the invitation in full: English (A4),  (US Letter); Spanish (A4), (US Letter).

Messages to:
Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
Mercy International Reflection Process Team

# Languages

This is a Kairos Moment in Mercy International Association! is written in eight of the languages Mercy speaks,  with representation of each of the Congregations and Institutes:

1. English – All congregations and institutes
2. Sesotho – The Congregation/South African Province
3. Tagalog – Religious Sisters of Mercy Philippines
4. Tok Pisin – Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea
5. Irish – The Congregation
6. Spanish – The Sisters of Mercy of the Americas and Sisters of Mercy Newfoundland
7. Maori – Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa Sisters of Mercy New Zealand
8. Kiswahili – The Congregation/Kenya Province

 A 'reading' of the symbol in the Mercy International Reflection Process logo.

The eye is immediately drawn to the centrepiece of the logo and to the warmth of the rich red in the Doors of Baggot Street which, through a simplicity of line and minimal detail, are shown opened out to the world and planet - represented by the roundness of shape and the ecological colours. The opened doors enable freedom of movement: to enter and to exit.

We see the blue of water/ocean and the blue of sky above, while below are the green of the earth and the brown of the soil out of which new life springs.

The contrast is also evident between the lush flourishing green landscape and through hints of yellow, the warm, dry, brown parched lands - symbolic of the cry of the Earth.

The 12 Congregations and Institutes that form MIA are represented in the rays that radiate outward from and ‘return’ to Baggot Street.  The Congregations and Institutes together take Mercy into the world, so forming the continuous ‘M’ for Mercy within a star shape. The global Mercy connections are seen in these linkages while, at the same time, the uniqueness of each congregation and institute is reflected in the individual coloured rays.

The order and symmetry in the design reflect our capacity for achieving/restoring balance and harmony, while the star evokes a sense of outward energy.     

The colour and shape of the logo suggest a stained glass rose window, hinting at our Christian tradition.

Messages to: Mercy International Reflection Process Team

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