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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 765  |  04 April 2018
Featured Story
A Story of Mary Fleming

Editor: Invited to write the Easter reflection, Renee Yann rsm responded 'I had planned to write a new story for this, but an old story kept suggesting itself to me.' Her award-winning story, although fictionalized, she said, is written from personal experience.     

The experience of Easter takes many forms. Mary Fleming's is one invitation to reflection.

'She holds the coat for me to slide my arms into, the way men used to when I had a name.

The young woman comes along the extremity of the space where I seem sleeping. She is like an ant measuring the surface of a box. This box is my home, a rectangle of the late morning sun in Suburban Terminal, under the clock with an hour hand stuck at three.

She creeps on tiptoe along the imaginary wall I have layered at the edge of myself, brick by isolating brick. Maybe she is afraid to wake me; maybe she is afraid I am dead. Her fears are well placed. I am as good as dead, I think...'

Download the story: A4 Paper size (3pps PDF), US Letter size (3pps, PDF)

Messages to: Renee Yann rsm (Americas)

 

Image: iStock. Used under licence

Vision in Action
Journey Away from Plastic: Part 3

Part 3 of a 4-part series called 'The journey from plastic' in preparation for World Earth Day 2018 from The Future we Need group is on the topic of microbeads.

Download Part 3 here (PDF)

Messages to: Denise Boyle fmdm - Team Leader Mercy Global Action

MIA Prayer Intention: Commitment to Challenge Unjust Systems

Today, 4 April, is the 50th anniversary of the death of civil rights leader Martin Luther King, a man of vision, a man with a dream, a man who had hope.

MIA joins with the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas in remembering Doctor King's work for racial equality, voting rights and dignity for African-Americans.

In giving thanks for the example of his life which continues to inspire us, we are mindful of the many people today who work for justice, dignity, equality and peace. We pray that we may all continue to work to change unjust systems.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA

Image Source: Youtube

MIA Members News

A Sacred Heart College Geelong, Victoria partnership has been awarded the Australian Government’s Department of Education and Training 2018/19 ‘Digital Literacy in Schools’ grant of $50,000.

Sacred Heart College is the only Victorian Secondary School to be awarded the grant. Over 1,750 schools from Australia entered applications; only 60 schools were selected, making it a 3.5% success rate!

The grant was awarded after Sacred Heart College formed a partnership with Deakin University’s School of Engineering, its head of school, Professor Karen Hapgood, as well Dr Shama Islam and Dr Clara Usma. The Bradbury Club is an innovative collaboration between the College’s students and staff, and academics from some of Australia’s leading universities: Deakin University, University of Sydney and University of Melbourne...

Messages to: Sacred Heart College

Image: L-r: Dr Adam Cole, HM Richard Marles MP, Helen Lazzaro, Jessica Sautner, Anna Negro (Principal) and students.

An estimated 9.7 million single mothers are living in the United States today, according to the 2016 U.S. Census. The poverty rate for single-mother families was 35.6 percent in 2016; 31.6 percent were food insecure.

But Mercy-sponsored colleges are working to change that. This article highlights the Mother’s Living & Learning Program at College of Saint Mary in Omaha, Nebraska—working to empower single mothers to build a better life for themselves and for their families.

The Mercy spirit is alive and well at College of Saint Mary (CSM) in Omaha, Nebraska.  CSM is also one of only eight schools in the country to offer family housing.  Appropriately named Madonna Hall and built in 2012, the residence features 24-hour security, suite-style rooms and accommodations for 48 women and their children...

Messages to: Deborah Herz and Sandy Goetzinger-Comer - ‎Director of Communications West Midwest Community

A New Time for Everything (ISMAPNG)

Elaine Wainwright rsm interprets the well-known text Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 from an ecological perspective. Sr Elaine writes 'There is a time . . . a time . . . a time . . .
Time is a key element of life that grounds us ecologically.'

Download the article (2pps, PDF)

Messages to: Elaine Wainwright rsm

Common themes emerged when Catholic Health World spoke to undocumented immigrants who are protected under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA. These “Dreamers” make substantial contributions to the communities where they live and to Catholic health care, whose leadership has urged President Donald Trump to renew the DACA program.

Among the Dreamers the reporters interviewed was 27-year-old Yuri Osornio, a medical interpreter at Mercy Clinic Family Medicine and Obstetrics in Rogers, Arkansas. Brought to the U.S. as a toddler, she prays with her three children to be able to stay in this country to fulfill her dream of becoming a nurse...

Messages to: Nancy Corbett - Executive Director of Media Relations & Social Media

Editor: Sisters of Mercy of the Americas 'advocate for the safety and protection of all migrants, and for just and humane immigration reform in the United States that reunites families, provides a pathway to citizenship, protects young people and provides for fair enforcement of the law'. We are all asked to keep the situation of the Dreamers in our prayers.

Mercy Matters
'Preaching the Scriptures Through the Lens of Age and Wisdom'

A new book on Preaching by Barbara Moore rsm (Americas). The 157-page book includes six chapters. Each chapter begins with Scripture verses followed by exegesis, reflections on the way to a sermon and a sermon. Sr Barbara also has a blog on which she posts her reflections on each Sunday’s readings.

The cost of the book is USD$15 plus shipping and handling. For more information or to order the book, contact Sr Barbara

2nd Sunday of Easter B (John 20:19-31)

'...we now recognise that the liturgical readings and prayers for each Sunday between Easter and Pentecost invite us into a different movement of the one great symphony of resurrection faith...'

Read the Reflection on the Gospel by Veronica Lawson rsm (ISMAPNG)

Listen to the Gospel read by Fr Eamonn O'Connor (Ireland)

Google allows its users to download a copy of everything they have stored on the company's services, including Drive, Calendar, Gmail and Hangouts.

Source: CNBC

1891: Death of M Magdalen Bourke, Foundress of Loughrea, Co Galway

2002: Closure of the Falklands Mission

'Transformational love in action'

This video reflection from Kairos Canada was released on the eve of the Triduum. Well worth watching as we live our way into Easter joy (03:13).

At least half of the world’s population still do not have full coverage of essential health services.

The theme of this year's World Health Day is 'Universal Health Coverage: Everyone, Everywhere'

Further Resources

Worth Playing:

You Dwell Among Us by Salt Of The Sound. Listen here (03:52) Purchase: Direct; * iTunes; Google Play

Worth Listening:

Irishman David Donoghue is known as 'the father of the Sustainable Development Goals'. He recently delivered the annual Trócaire Lent lecture, explaining how the SDGs came into being and what progress has been made towards turning them into reality. Read about the lecture here. Hear the lecture here

Worth Knowing:

Laudato Si'

'Engaging in  the 2030 Agenda through the lens of Laudato Si’ ' CAFOD produced a document that examines the UN’s 2030 development goals in light of Laudato Si’. Download it here (48 pps, PDF)

-Degradation of Earth

Garbage/pollution

'Great Pacific garbage patch' sprawling with far more debris than thought. The patch of detritus is more than twice the size of France and is up to 16 times larger than previously estimated'. Read the report here

Worth Reading:

In his Easter Sunday 'Urbi et Orbi' address, to the city and the world, Pope Francis prayed for a swift end to the war in Syria, dialogue on the Korean Peninsula, consolation for the Venezuelan people and peace in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Ukraine, the Holy Land, the entire Middle East and South Sudan. Read the address here

-Degradation of Earth

Water

'With a Green Makeover, Philadelphia Is Tackling Its Stormwater Problem'. Read the article here

'At global forums, church leaders advocate for safe water for all.' Read the article here

- Displacement of People:

Human Trafficking

The April 2018 issue (Vol. 16 No. 04) of Stop Trafficking! is now online. This issue highlights the National Center on Sexual Exploitation’s list  of companies promoting sexual exploitation. Read it here (8pps,PDF)

The Bottom Line:

'Jesus, we stand in awe at the mystery of your death and resurrection. We wonder at the depths of your love for us. May all peoples of Earth receive the good news of your gospel. As your people we ask this day for the power to live in the joy of your rising. May we sing with all creation: Hail, O Light of Christ! Welcome Risen lord. Amen.'

Source: Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy

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