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Mercy charism key to Pope’s call

Pope Francis has announced that 2015 will be a year dedicated to the promotion of consecrated life, and is asking the church’s religious sisters, brothers and priests to "wake up the world" with their testimony of faith, holiness and hope.

2015 also marks the 25th Anniversary of the declaration of Catherine McAuley as Venerable. What a role model Catherine is for us in “waking up to the world” with her testimony of faith, holiness and hope!

To what will ‘Wake up to the World’ call us? Pope Francis in his homily to Seminarians and Novices in Rome on 7 July 2013 said: People today certainly need words, but most of all they need us to bear witness to the mercy and tenderness of the Lord which warms the heart, rekindles hope, and attracts people towards the good. What a joy it is to bring God’s mercy to others! How gifted we are, through the charism of Mercy to ‘wake up to the world’!

Through each month throughout 2015, twelve reflective processes will be offered through Mercy eNews, to all wishing to avail of them. While fitting broadly within the theme of the Year of Consecrated Life, we want to give the programme a particular Mercy flavour.

Among our learnings from the 20th anniversary celebrations is the immense possibility we have for global interconnection and the openness there is among so many to share Mercy life together – so we are availing of this particular year to offer that opportunity. The themes and process are not confined to Religious but invite all, especially members of our Mercy Global family, to participate in this process.

Reprinted from Mercy International Association website

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