World Mercy Circle of Prayer on December 12th.
Calling all Mercy sisters, associates, collaborators around the world.
On Friday next, December 12th, we have the joy of celebrating together once again, the foundation day of the Sisters of Mercy. On this day 177 years ago Venerable Catherine McAuley, Mary Anne Doyle and Elizabeth Harley made their profession as Sisters of Mercy in the Presentation Convent in Georges Hill in Dublin, Ireland. From that time to today, the charism of Mercy, so well lived by Venerable Catherine, her close collaborators and co-founding sisters, as well, hopefully, by all of us who follow in their footsteps, continues to be a vibrant channel of God's Loving Mercy in the world. In order to celebrate this great gift given by God through Catherine to the Church, we ask each one of you to gather with you as many people as you can and link in with the World Mercy Circle of Prayer that will go on continuously right around the globe from 12 noon to 2.00 p.m. on that day. Such a concerted call of mercy to the Merciful heart of God, through the intercession of Venerable Catherine will not fail to bring on all of us many gifts and blessings from heaven
In order to participate in this Circle of Prayer, you may wish to use your own personal prayer.
You could also use Venerable Catherine McAuley's prayer, the Suscipe, which reads as follows:
My God, I am yours for time and eternity. Teach me to cast myself entirely into the arms of your loving providence with the most lively, unlimited confidence in your compassionate tender pity. Grant me, O most merciful Redeemer, that whatever you ordain or permit may be acceptable to me. Take from my heart all painful anxiety; let nothing sadden me but sin, nothing delight me but the hope of coming to the possession of you, my God and my all, in your everlasting kingdom. Amen.
You could join in the singing of the Suscipe which can be played here.
Or else you might like to join in prayer for the beatification of Venerable Catherine McAuley by saying the following prayer:
Prayer for Beatification of Catherine
Loving God, You chose Catherine McAuley for the service of your people who are Poor, Sick and Uneducated. You inspired her to found the Sisters of Mercy so that these good works might endure. Give to each of us a portion of her compassionate spirit and an ardent desire to serve your suffering people. Graciously hear our prayers for Catherine and by granting the favours we ask through her intercession, hasten the day when her sanctity will be celebrated by all the Church.
Brenda Dolphin rsm Postulator for the Cause of Catherine McAuley
Editor: Further information about the Cause of Catherine McAuley's Canonisation can be found here