Connect with Mercy

Haiti and Me

February 4, 2010

By Sister Carren 

Have you been able to get your mind around the absolute devastation in Haiti and the thousands of people left with less than nothing? What are you doing with your limited means in the face of unlimited needs? It’s tempting to say, “I can’t do anything; it’s too overwhelming,” and hope the desperate needs fade from your awareness. There is another way: You can be part of a powerful circle of Mercy.

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New Beginnings

February 1, 2010

By Sister Claudia 

On this date, February 1st, we enter into a month of many celebrations and remembrances.  In the south there is a celebration of Mardi Gras – a time to renew old friendships and to celebrate the lightheartedness of attending parades and hoping to catch some New Orleans treats.  For many sports fans, there is the conclusion of the annual football season and the excitement of the Super Bowl…Geaux Saints! Read More »

One For All and All for One

January 25, 2010

By Sister Pat P.

Have you heard the saying, ” One for all and all for one” ?  If so it was probably in the day of the Musketeers.  We all knew what it meant didn’t we?

For the Musketeers it meant being there, through thick and thin.  As an Italian growing up in an Italian neighborhood we knew Family was important and we needed to be like the Musketeers, we knew we needed to be there.  The movies supported the importance of family and the strength family had if they stuck together. Read More »

How do I hear God’s Call?

January 15, 2010

By Sister Carolyn B.

How can I be a better listener?  Listening is the key to encountering God’s presence and action in our lives.  Let’s talk about some tools that can help us learn more about ourselves and listen more deeply to God… Read More »

The Vision of Mercy Alive

January 14, 2010

By Sister Patti

Venerable Catherine McAuley began the Sisters of Mercy because of needs she saw in Ireland in the 1800’s. She saw that women and children – especially those without education had the highest level of need. Because of this education was a primary concern. The sisters today see the same reality. Lack of education is a major cause of poverty. Read More »

“Be still and know that I am God”

January 11, 2010

By Sister Sheila

“It helps now and then, to step back and take the long view.”  

-Oscar Romero, Archbishop of San Salvador, friend of the poor, voice for justice, murdered in 1980.

As I sit to write this post today Archbishop Romero’s quote jumped to my mind. You see, I am in the midst of preparing and packing to leave for my annual retreat tomorrow morning.  As Sisters of Mercy, our Constitutions call us to step aside at least once a year for a time of retreat.  We see it as an opportunity to do as Archbishop Romero suggests and “…step back and take the long view.”

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The 12 Days of Christmas

December 29, 2009

By Sister Claudia 

Happy Holiday … I pray that your Christmas is filled with many special blessings! A very familiar song comes to mind as we celebrate this Christmas Season; “The Twelve Days of Christmas.” Here’s a little trivia I came across to bring this special song to life…

It is believed (though this is not for certain) that this song, dating back to the 16th century, was “crafted” mnemonically so that it could be used as a secret learning tool (because of the religious disputes in England) to teach youngsters their catechism. Interesting to note are the references to “my true love” and “me.” My True Love – is intended to represent God (not an earthly suitor) and Me (the one who receives the presents) refers to every baptized person who is part of the Christian Faith. Read More »

Marriage and discernment

December 27, 2009

By Sister Michelle

We’ve just celebrated Christmas and today, Holy Family Sunday. I feel so blessed to have the brother and sisters and parents that I have. Here is my favorite picture of my parents (and their dogs).

Yet, how often families are not happy. I know from my work just how common it is for families to be the place where children are abused and/or where spouses destroy each other in their attempts to gain the love they need. Read More »

Service and Prayer!

December 13, 2009

By Sister Patti

I was so excited to see that there was a piece on Loaves and Fishes in Sacramento in the news! You see in May 2009 within a program called Mercy Challenge, 7 women discerning religious life as well as 5 sisters spent a week there volunteering and… giving service to the homeless who are assisted by the programs.

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What do sisters do for fun?

December 11, 2009

By Sister Carolyn B.

Do you ever wonder what sisters do for fun? Each of us has her own tastes when it comes to relaxation.  Last summer one of the sisters who lives near me put out some patio furniture and several of us found ourselves wandering over in the evenings to chat and relax.  As it grew colder in the fall we had to be a little more creative, so another sister brought an outdoor fireplace.  We have had lots of fun around the campfire roasting hot dogs and marshmallows and singing songs.  Now that winter is here, the communities on our street are taking turns hosting dessert parties a couple of times each month.  We will have one at our house tomorrow. Read More »