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To Bear One Another’s Burdens

September 26, 2011

By Sister Denise S.

At lunch today I heard that transportation is being cut out of government budgets for poor people who are on kidney dialysis.  This would be just one case of what happens when we talk about cutting programs for the poor.  When people are lobbying for large-scale cuts to programs for the poor, I don’t think they have a clue about, nor can they visualize, the consequences of their platform in concrete terms—and how it will affect the lives of people, including people who had formerly been part of the middle class. Read More »

Celebrating Mercy Day

September 24, 2011

By Sister Patti

Twenty-five years ago I celebrated Mercy Day as a candidate with the Sisters of Mercy. I was teaching at St. Joseph’s School and living in the convent with one other candidate and eight professed sisters. As I celebrate my years as a Sister of Mercy, I am reflecting on those sisters who have touched my life and have shown me the face of Mercy. I hope to continue to post about the different sisters – each unique – and what their particular manifestation of Mercy said to me.

Today I want to share about Sister Benigna and Sister Athanasius. Sister Benigna was the oldest sister in St. Joe’s when I lived there with her. She was very proper, always standing straight and tall. I really came to know her by taking her to visit a woman and her daughter who lived in town. The daughter had many physical difficulties and I could see how much of a difference a short visit meant to both mother and daughter.

Sister Benigna showed me the Mercy that cares deeply for others and brings people to prayer and prayerful presence to people. I could not speak about Sister Benigna without sharing the time when I was away for the weekend at a program and arrived home to find that she had cleaned my charge – the bathroom. I was so touched by that and the other little kindnesses and try to emulate them in my life today.

We called Sister Athanasius Athie. She volunteered as the school nurse and took care of the finances in the convent. She was the perfect school nurse who gave out love with every band-aid. She knew who were hurting and was always ready with a smile, kind word and heart filled with love. There was always joy in her actions. I will never forget my last encounter with her just weeks before she died. I was visiting and shared with her how much she had influenced my life and she said, “You know I love you.” Her manifestation of Mercy was loving with a full heart.

Responding to an Invitation to Co-Create

September 21, 2011

By Sister Anne-Marie

Recent theological emphasis has been placed on the human role as co-creators with God in building the Kingdom. My personal invitation to co-create came in the form of an e-mail from Common Circle Education announcing a course on permaculture design. Among the topics we would be learning about were: reading the land and natural cycles, soil regeneration and land restoration, rainwater harvesting and conservation, renewable energy and appropriate technology, waste recycling and treatment, and designing sustainable, thriving cities. Read More »

Promoting Earth-Friendly Living

September 19, 2011

By Sister Denise T.

What do activist sneakers, walking or biking to a 500-acre beauty zone, homemade chocolates, sheep wool and blankets, wind turbine and geo thermal energy, fresh fruit, children’s events and, of course, delicious potluck food and drumming have to do with September 24th? Read More »

Where do Sisters go to Mass?

September 14, 2011

By Sister Carolyn B.

In our local community of six sisters we are very fortunate to have Mass frequently in our home. When we celebrate holidays and birthdays with the five associates affiliated with our house we begin with Mass. Over the years we have developed something unique to our celebration. Read More »

Welcoming new volunteers at Mercy Volunteer Corps!

September 12, 2011

By: Marie Schultz-Stebel

As a staff member of Mercy Volunteer Corps, I had the privilege of welcoming 28 new volunteers to our annual orientation event in early August. Orientation marks the beginning of the volunteer’s commitment to a year or two with Mercy Volunteer Corps.

The week offers an opportunity for the volunteers to further learn about and reflect upon the mission and tenets of Mercy Volunteer Corps. They meet their community members and begin building a foundation for their shared life in community. During Orientation, Sisters, Associates, Companions, and Co-ministers visit the volunteers, sharing the vision of Catherine McAuley, the work of Mercy, and the heartfelt welcome and support of the community. Read More »

Replacing Evil with Good Ten Years Later

September 9, 2011

By Marianne Comfort, Institute Justice Team

Like most people, I can clearly remember where I was on September 11th , 2011. I spent a few hours with a friend whose husband was working across the street from the World Trade Center, waiting to get word that he was okay. Read More »

What will it take?

September 8, 2011

By Sister Sheila S.

As the 10th Anniversary of the tragedy of 9/11 approaches much is being written that has caused us to reflect on the events of that day, what has happened since and what we hope and want for our future.

Both Joan Chittister, OSB in writing after 9/11 and Camille D’Arienzo, RSM in a reflection for CBS news on this 10th anniversary, have challenged us to consider a radical response to this tragedy. Read More »

My Poet Model lives Online

September 6, 2011

By Sister Anne P.

Great poetry never dies, nor do great poets.  I relearned this lesson recently when I discovered that a poem written by my fifth grade teacher in 1954 is still circulating.  It is Sr. Julian Baird’s “Communion of Reparation (for Our Mother of Sorrows)” opening with the unforgettable line, “Great as the sea is thy sorrow”.

Julie probably never saw a blog, but her words have been on the Internet on several blogs recently, and not long ago were set to music by a popular composer musician. Before any of that happened, she planted the seeds of my Mercy vocation. Read More »

Dear Dad, I will never forget even if you might…

September 1, 2011

My Dad just turned 79 years old. He’s struggled for years with losing, through infirmities, his role and function as the guy who knew and could do anything. He’s afraid we’ll “forget” who and what he used to be. I wrote this letter to him for his birthday. I thought it might be relevent to some of you. I’m hoping I listen to my own message.

Sister Michelle


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