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Mercy e-News
Edition No. 713  |  22 March 2017
Featured Story
Water for the World: A Reflection on World Water Day 2017 by Mary C Sullivan rsm

A fearsome question could well be on our lips at the end of our human days: “Lord, when was it that we saw you thirsty and did not care for you?”  And Christ may then have reason to answer: “Truly I tell you, just as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me” (Matt. 25: 44-45).  He may also ask us:  How come you in the 21st century did not read “the signs of the times,” did not take seriously the basic and universal right to water, and did not hear the cry of vulnerable peoples who “have no access to clean drinking water” (Laudato Si’, #28)?

How come you continued to drink bottled water (when you experienced no true emergency), and how come you wasted water and polluted it with your unneeded chemicals, while “each day a thousand children die[d] of water-related diseases” (Pope Francis, “The Human Right to Water,” Pontifical Academy of Sciences, February 24, 2017)? How come you did not alter your own lifestyle and your personal, institutional, and governmental habits?...

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Messages to: Mary C. Sullivan rsm

 

Image: © 2017 MIA. This image is available to any Mercy group who would like to use it. Please contact the Editor

Vision in Action
MIA Prayer Intention: for Peru

Our prayers are asked for the people and country of Peru where lives and safety are threatened at this time by the unleashed might and power of water.

Authorities in Peru have declared that the intense rains, overflowing rivers, mudslides and flooding being experienced in the country are the worst seen in two decades. The death toll is at 72, thousands have been left homeless, multiple roads are inoperable, many bridges washed out and still more rain is expected.

For the people and places affected; for those who have been injured and those who have lost loved ones in this disaster; for the safety of all, including our Sisters and Co-workers who minister there, we pray for relief.

Post your own Prayer or Reflection in our online Chapel

Messages to: Mary Reynolds rsm - Executive Director MIA
 

As an ECOSOC (Economic and Social Council) accredited Non-Government Organization (NGO), Mercy Global Action at the UN, representing Mercy International Association, is able to actively participate in UN processes, in particular its various commissions. Currently the 61st session on the Commission on the Status of Women is being held in New York. This provides the opportunity for MGA to not only give input and contribute to outcomes, but also enables many opportunities to network with other organizations with whom we stand in solidarity.... Some of the ways that Mercy at the UN has participated in 2017 are linked to this item...

Messages to:
Angela Reed rsm - MGA Coordinator at the UN
Colleen Cloonan - MGA Intern

Image. L-r: Colleen Cloonan (Intern), Bridget Crisp rsm (Intern), Angela Reed rsm (MGA Coordinator at the UN), Denise Boyle fmdm (Team Leader Mercy Global Action)

MGA Leaflet on Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #6 Now Available

Editor: To coincide with World Water Day, Mercy Global Action has produced a leaflet on SDG Goal #6, 'Ensure availability and sustainable management of water and sanitation for all'. The leaflet can be downloaded here (2pps; PDF).

This fifth leaflet is an accompaniment to the MGA leaflet introducing the SDGs(2pps; PDF), the leaflet addressing Goals #1 and #2 (2pps; PDF), the leaflet for Goal #5 and the leaflet addressing Goal #16

MGA has identified 8 of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (Goals 1, 2, 4, 5, 6, 8, 13,16) as most relevant to the mission of the Sisters of Mercy. Further leaflets will be released through Mercy enews over coming months.

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

Water Reflection: An MGA at the UN Series

Editor: Bridget Crisp rsm, MGA Intern at the UN, is preparing a 12 week series on the topic of Water. Each week in Mercy eNews, commencing this week, we will publish a reflection. At the conclusion of the series we will publish the 12 reflections in one PDF.

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Messages to: Bridget Crisp rsm

MIA Reflection Process
MIRP Meeting of Guiding Team and Coordinators

The Congregation and Institute MIRP Coordinators and the Guiding Team members will be meeting at Mercy International Centre from 27-31 March 2017. The week will provide the attendees with the opportunity to ‘Reflect, Review and Recommend’. In summary: we will reflect together on the experiences of the last 21 months, review the 4-stage process we have used, and start to prepare recommendations from this grassroots engagement, such as, e.g., the usefulness of the process for MIA and what and how the key outcomes of the MIRP can be taken forward internationally. Recommendations will go to the Board and Members who meet in May 2017.

We ask you to keep us and our work together in your prayers during this time.

Messages to: MIRP Meeting

Stage 4 MIRP Report NL-RSM-14 Baggot Street Associates (Newfoundland)

We are 10 Mercy Associates and 1 Sister of Mercy. We have become acutely aware of the scarcity of water around the world and especially of the wastefulness and environmental impact of ‘single use’ bottled water.

We have made personal commitments: to avoid using 'single use' bottled water, where possible; to use water mindfully in our own lives; to consider becoming a member of the Council of Canadians for lobbying for safe, clean water. On behalf of our Associate group, write a note for Parish Bulletins and schools re action about bottled water (Laudato Si) and to the Gov. of NL re safe drinking water and boil orders.

Messages to: Elizabeth Marrie rsm - MIRP Coordinator Newfoundland

Image: Front Row: L-r: Monica Hickey, rsm (Co-Facilitator), Dorothy Whittle, Mary Craig
Back Row: L-r: Anne Bown (Co-Facilitator), Bess Collins, Mary Norman, Marilyn Stack
Missing: Regina Shapter, Gerri Stapleton, Louise Brennan, Rita St. Croix, Betty Pomroy

Report on Stage 4 MIRP (Great Britain Union)

We are committed to meet using the valuable resource VOICES. Of special concern to us are those living with dementia. We have reflected, attended workshops and committed ourselves to support this voiceless group. Our General Chapter in 2015 asked us to educate ourselves about how to support this group in society.

Download the report (Pdf)

Messages to: Patricia McMahon rsm - MIRP Coordinator GB Union

Resources for Earth Day from Catholic Climate Covenant

Editor: Catholic Climate Covenant has produced three different age-specific programs for Earth Day (22 April), each of which includes prayers, scripture readings, a short video, discussion questions, and suggested activities to help the group learn about climate change and Catholic Social Teachings about climate change issues.

These resources can be downloaded from the Catholic Climate Covenant website

MIA Members News
Boundary Crossings: A Reflection on John 4: 1-42

Editor: Mercy International Centre is hosting the Association of Missionaries and Religious of Ireland (AMRI) Justice Desk Lenten Reflection Series. The three Wednesday reflection mornings have featured Margaret Daly-Denton and Sheila Curran rsm with Brian Dooney's Reflections on Spirituality and Justice scheduled for today, 22 March. If you are in Dublin at 10am this morning you also might like to attend this final reflection!

An appreciative crowd of about 30 participants engaged fully with Sr Sheila as she challenged them last Wednesday in a morning of reflection on John 4:1-42, to look anew at the Samaritan Woman’s encounter with Jesus.

The session commenced with participants reading the text silently and then sharing together the points of significance for them in their current understanding, before being led to look again at the text. Sr Sheila's deep knowledge of the text and the process she used meant that boundaries were crossed and new insights were gained.

Download the presentation here (14pps; PDF)

Messages to: Sheila Curran rsm

Mercy Poets on World Poetry Day

Editor: 21 March is commemorated by UNESCO as World Poetry Day In celebration of this day two years ago, Bishop Robert Morneau in an article in National Catholic Reporter 'Every month, I put a poet in my pocket' wrote of how 'A poem in the pocket means we will be accompanied wherever we go' and proceeded to share some of his favourites. Inspired by this idea, Rhonda Miska wrote in US Catholic earlier this year of how 'Reading poetry shows us the beauty of the world through new eyes'.

In celebration of this day this year, we invited a number of our published Mercy poets to share an example of their work together with a brief commentary. Among this selection might be one you'll choose to keep in your pocket.

Mary Lee rsm: In Memory of Her
Mary Wickham rsm: For my Niece at Seven Months
Renee Yann rsm: All Creation
Phyllis Doyle rsm: Atlantic Sunrise
Maria DiBello rsm: A Forest Walk
Fran McManus rsm: Made Whole in Mystery
Megan Brown rsm: With a Nod to Newton
Maria Cordis Richey rsm: As Fledglings Dare
Grace Agate rsm: Paradox of Feelings
Marianne Hieb rsm: Not Now
Regine Fanning rsm: Open Windows
Mary Lucina rsm: Renewal
Patricia (Pat) Ryan rsm: Attribution
Maria Juanita van Bommel rsm: Torn Asunder, Torn Apart         

The Collection can be downloaded here (19 pps; PDF)

Mercy Global Action’s 2015 visit to Bathurst almost collided with the visit of a team visiting from a proposed new gold mine in town. The result was the birth of a creative, contemplative, grass roots campaign of vision and hope that continues in 2017.

While Denise Boyle fmdm and Áine O’Connor rsm shared their work on the impacts of mining at the United Nations, the gold mining company, Regis Resources, was approaching Bathurst Regional Council with an offer to buy 10 megalitres per day of flows from the Macquarie River. This water, equating to about 4 Olympic swimming pools per day and at least 50-70% of the flows at Bathurst, has been critical for the life of the river, including many aquatic and riparian species and water allocations of farmers, for some 100 years...

Watch the River Yarning video clip (02:00)

Messages to: Sally Neaves - Sustainability Educator, Rahamim Ecology Centre

Ritual for Use on World Water Day (The Congregation)

Editor: Our thanks to Srs Kathleen Glennon, Marcella O Connell, Kathleen Somers and Carmel Bracken, members of the Mercy Global Action Cosmology & Eco-justice group, who originally prepared this ritual for the global day against fracking. It has been updated for use today, World Water Day. Readers may also find it a useful resource for use on other occasions when using the theme of water for prayer or reflection.

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Messages to: Srs Kathleen, Marcella, Kathleen and Carmel c/- Carmel Bracken rsm

Mercy Matters
4th Sunday of Lent Year A (John 9:1-41)

'This week, we are invited on a faith journey with a man born blind and with the different groups of participants in the drama. All have the opportunity of coming to faith...'

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

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

Water

Water is free beverage''

- Catherine McAuley

This reflection, available in both English and Spanish, was prepared by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas for the Stations of Mercy global project.

Music 'Living Water' is by Suzanne Toolan rsm (Americas). Purchase on *iTunes

Poem-a-day

In celebration of World Poetry Day you might like to investigate a poem-a-day site. Here are three sites to choose from:

Poem of the Day from the Poetry Foundation. Great classic and contemporary poems read by poets and actors, delivered every day.

Poem-A-Day  from the Academy of American Poets. Previously unpublished poems by contemporary poets.

Poetry Daily, a new poem every day, along with poetry news, archives, and more.

On This Day

1855: St Xavier Convent, Providence attacked by Know-Nothings

1966: Provincialate and novitiate moved from Detroit to Farmington Hills, Michigan

Contribute a fact about the Story of the Sisters of Mercy in your congregation or institute to our online archive

Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center is a sacred space located on the shores of Long Island Sound. We are committed to helping individuals nurture a relationship with the Sacred in self, others and creation, and to working towards a just and compassionate world.  We do this through a variety of experiential programs, retreats and events that open up space to explore Celtic Christianity, the feminine divine, contemplation, spiritual direction, creative expression and many other areas.

Further Resources

Worth Watching:

As we continue to keep the people of Yemen, South Sudan, Somalia and Nigeria in our prayers, this video prayer for Lent from CAFOD may be a helpful resource. Watch/listen here (01:07) A PDF of the prayer can be found here

Worth Knowing:

Cosmology & Eco-justice

The record-breaking heat that made 2016 the hottest year ever recorded has continued into 2017, pushing the world into “truly uncharted territory”, according to the World Meteorological Organisation,' reports The Guardian. Read the article here

'The United Nations has found that smarter and more efficient use of the world’s natural resources today can yield an “environmental win-win’ by injecting $2 trillion into the global economy by 2050 while also offsetting the costs of ambitious climate change action.' Read the article here

The Bottom Line:

'All people have a right to safe drinking water. This is a basic human right and a central issue in today’s world (cf. Laudato Si’, 30; Caritas in Veritate, 27).'

- Pope Francis, “The Human Right to Water,” Pontifical Academy of Sciences, February 24, 2017

Send suggestions and contributions for the 'Worth...' section 2016 to: the Editor

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