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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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Imaging Mercy Today January 2015

Nga mihi atawhai. Pope Francis has helped to shape our agenda by naming 2015 as the Year of Consecrated Life. He has called on all religious to ‘wake up the world’ through the witness of their faith, holiness and hope. Sisters of Mercy and those engaged in their ministries are being invited by Mercy International Association to respond to the pope’s call by taking his message to heart.

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Imaging Mercy Today November 2014

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! Always a special month in Mercy’s calendar for its inclusion of Mercy Day, September was doubly significant this year. For the Chapter of our own Congregation, held September 24-30, coincided with days of celebration in Dublin to mark the 20th anniversary of the Mercy International Association.

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Imaging Mercy Today October 2014

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! As Chapter 2014 concludes and a newly elected Leadership team prepares to guide Nga Whaea Atawhai o Aotearoa into the next five years, a new resource entitled Atawhai Mai Atawhai Atu – Mercy Given Mercy Received has been published to guide Sisters of Mercy and their companions in ministry on Mercy’s unfolding path.

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Imaging Mercy Today September 2014

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! Always a red-letter day on our calendar, Mercy Day this year looms larger than usual, as Sisters of Mercy around the world count down to a special celebration to mark 20 years since Catherine’s House reopened as the centre of Mercy International Association.

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Imaging Mercy Today August 2014

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! Four years ago, Canadian-born Maggie Pouw featured in one of our newsletters, for her efforts as a caregiver at Atawhai Mercy Assisi, to get residents as well as colleagues involved in Bike Wise.

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Imaging Mercy Today July 2014

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! It’s Matariki once again, the Maori new year, signalled by the presence of the Pleiades star cluster in the pre-dawn sky. In Maori tradition, Matariki is a fallow time, a chance to let the soil recover as we make plans for another spring. It’s also a time to learn about whanau or family, to remember our whakapapa or family history.

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