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Imaging Mercy Today November 2015

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! What would Catherine McAuley like best about our church today? Its invitation to lay people to be involved in mission and to recognise its call to ordinary folk to be holy? Its recognition of theologians - women as well as men - who see faith in God linked to contemporary issues as diverse as fracking and human trafficking?

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Imaging Mercy Today October 2015

Books, not bullets, is the plea of Pakistani-born and youngest ever Nobel peace prize winner, Malala Yousafzai, “My dream is to empower myself with education, and then it is a weapon.” On that point, she concurs with Catherine McAuley, who saw the education of women and girls as the most potent force for social change.

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Imaging Mercy Today September 2015

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! The theme suggested for our reflection in the ninth month of this Year of Consecrated Life is respect. In what is known widely in our own circles as Mercy Month, September also marks the anniversary of the opening, 188 years ago, of Catherine McAuley’s first House of Mercy in Baggot Street, Dublin.

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Imaging Mercy Today August 2015

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! A word check through the writings and sayings of Catherine McAuley suggests that service is not a word she often used. But others who witnessed the work to which she and her associates devoted themselves were quick to spot service of the poor and the sick as central to their efforts.

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Imaging Mercy Today July 2015

It’s our commitment to honouring Te Tiriti o Waitangi that helps us to see why building right relationships is so important. The broad sweep of whanaungatanga takes us from Te Atua, God, through nga tupuna, our ancestors, to te whenua, land, te taiao, environment and te tangata, other people. To overlook one piece in this interlocking jigsaw of family connections is to risk a major misalignment.

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Imaging Mercy Today June 2015

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! Providence, says Catherine McAuley’s biographer Mary C. Sullivan, is the most frequent reference to God in all her writings. “Her notable confidence in God – expressed repeatedly in her letters and implicit in all the prayers that were especially significant to her – was grounded in her faith in God’s mysterious but benevolent providence."

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Imaging Mercy Today May 2015

Nga mihi atawhai - our theme this month is forgiveness, God’s gift to a humanity that is in some ways radically flawed but which, when transformed by that gift, is capable of shining with a light that brightens our world wherever it is allowed to reach. In his book Mercy, Cardinal Walter Kasper describes forgiveness as ‘a creative new beginning that cannot be derived from the world.'

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Imaging Mercy Today April 2015

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! ‘Nothing like Christian courage – the church would not have one martyr to rejoice in without it!’ The words are Catherine McAuley’s, in a letter she writes to a young novice in Galway, encouraging her to be faithful to her call and not to doubt that God will build on her generosity and make it fruitful.

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Imaging Mercy Today March 2015

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! Vatican watchers are predicting that Pope Francis is close to issuing an encyclical letter to the whole church on care for the environment, inviting us to be more aware of climate change and its implications for the world’s poor.

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Imaging Mercy Today February 2015

Nga mihi atawhai The theme for our reflection this month is compassion or aroha, as we know it from our list of Mercy core values. Described within our healthcare facilities as the ability to act with understanding and sensitivity, compassion derives from a combination of two Latin words meaning ‘to suffer with’. It’s a word that is never far from the life and witness of Catherine McAuley.

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