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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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Imaging Mercy Today June 2014

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! Thanks to German Cardinal Walter Kasper, sometimes dubbed ‘the pope’s theologian’ these days, mercy is set to be on the top of the church’s agenda. Humans are called to be mediators of God’s mercy, says Cardinal Kasper. “Mercy is not opposed to justice. Mercy is the maximum we can do. Justice is the minimum."

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Imaging Mercy Today May 2014

Nga mihi atawhai - greetings to all in Mercy! It’s May again, and the large bell at St Mary’s College next door reminds me as I sit down to lunch that this is Mary’s month, as the Angelus is rung. It’s fitting that a school that bears Mary’s name keeps the tradition of the Angelus alive...

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Imaging Mercy Today April 2014

Nga mihi atawhai – greetings to all in Mercy! April 9 has become etched on our local Mercy calendar, recalling the arrival in New Zealand of the first Sisters of Mercy, after their eight-month voyage from the other side of the world. They stepped ashore on a piece of Auckland’s shoreline which has long since disappeared as a result of quarrying for the settlement’s roads and buildings.

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Imaging Mercy Today March 2014

Nga mihi atawhai. In February 2014 the Sisters of Mercy made a formal statement to the United Nations Commission on Social Development, urging that the root causes of poverty be addressed as a way to prevent human trafficking around the world. It makes the point that “The goal of empowerment remains dangerously imperilled by rampant and worldwide gender inequality, exclusion and disempowerment,”

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