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Matthew 25 and MLK’s Dream Still Speak to Us Today

January 16, 2021

By Sister Victoria Incrivaglia

A photo of two little girls on a dolphin-sighting boat ride off Orange Beach, Alabama.
Two little girls on a dolphin-sighting boat ride off Orange Beach, Alabama. They didn’t know each other, but they connected just the same. Photo by Sister Victoria Incrivaglia. Used with permission

When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne and all the nations will be assembled before him.

Let us not wallow in the valley of despair, I say to you today my friends.
And so even though we face the difficulties of today and tomorrow, I still have a dream. It is a dream deeply rooted in the American dream.

And he will separate them one from another,
as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats.
He will place the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed: “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal.”

Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.
I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

For I was hungry and you gave me food,
I was thirsty and you gave me drink,
a stranger and you welcomed me,
naked and you clothed me,
ill and you cared for me,
in prison and you visited me.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation
where they will not be judged by the color of their skin
but by the content of their character.
I have a dream today!

Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you,
or thirsty and give you drink?
When did we see you a stranger and welcome you,
or naked and clothe you?

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Mateo 25 y el Sueño de Martin Luther King aún Nos Hablan Hoy

January 16, 2021

Por la Hermana Victoria Incrivaglia

Un foto photo de Dos niñas en un bote para avistar delfines en Orange Beach, Alabama.
Dos niñas en un bote para avistar delfines en Orange Beach, Alabama. Se conocieron por primera vez, pero igual, se conectaron. Foto de la Hermana Victoria Incrivaglia, usada con permiso.

Cuando el Hijo del Hombre venga en su gloria, y todos sus ángeles con él, se sentará en su trono glorioso y todas las naciones se reunirán ante él.

Les digo hoy mis amigos: No nos revolquemos en el valle de la desesperación.
Y así, aunque afrontemos las dificultades de hoy y mañana, aún tengo un sueño. Es un sueño profundamente arraigado en el sueño americano.

Y Él separará unos de otros,
como un pastor separa las ovejas de las cabras.
Y pondrá las ovejas a su derecha, y los cabritos a su izquierda.

Yo tengo un sueño de que un día esta nación se levantará y vivirá el verdadero significado de su credo: «Sostenemos que estas verdades son evidentes, que todas las personas somos creadas iguales».

«Vengan, benditos de mi Padre». Y tomen posesión del reino preparado para ustedes desde la fundación del mundo.

Yo tengo el sueño de que un día en las rojas colinas de Georgia, los hijos de antiguos esclavos y los hijos de antiguos propietarios de esclavos puedan sentarse juntos a la mesa de la hermandad.
Tengo el sueño de que un día incluso el estado de Mississippi, un estado sofocado por el calor de la injusticia, sofocado por el calor de la opresión, se transformará en un oasis de libertad y justicia.

Tuve hambre y ustedes me dieron de comer,
I was tuve sed y ustedes me dieron de beber,
fui forastero y ustedes me recibieron en su casa,
anduve sin ropas y me vistieron,
estuve enfermo y me cuidaron,
estuve en la cárcel y me fueron a ver.

Yo tengo un sueño de que mis cuatro hijitos vivirán un día en una nación
donde no se les juzgará por el color de su piel
sino por el contenido de su carácter.
¡Yo tengo un sueño hoy!

Señor, ¿cuándo te vimos hambriento y te dimos de comer,
o sediento y te dimos de beber?
¿Cuándo te vimos forastero y te dimos la bienvenida,
o sin ropa y te vestimos?

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Hope for the New Year

January 11, 2021

By Sister Mary Haddad, president and CEO, Catholic Health Association

Without a doubt, 2020 will be remembered as the year of COVID-19, the greatest public health crisis in our lifetime. Hopefully, as we look back on the year and grieve the loss of so many, we will begin to have a more profound understanding that regardless of our racial or ethnic heritage, our religious or political beliefs, or our socioeconomic status, we all are bound together in a shared experience. COVID-19, if nothing else, has served as a vivid reminder that our lives are profoundly connected and that we are interdependent with all of creation.

Photo by Sister Victoria Incrivaglia

As Sisters of Mercy of the Americas, we are acutely aware of how the coronavirus has exposed the many injustices and inequities that for far too long have plagued our countries. We know that COVID-19 has disproportionately afflicted people of color, migrants, those who are homeless and the frail elderly. As a religious community, we have raised our voices for the vulnerable and called for solidarity and equity in our response to this global pandemic.

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Esperanza para el año nuevo

January 11, 2021

Por la Hermana Mary Haddad, presidenta y directora general de la Asociación Católica de la Salud

Sin duda, 2020 será recordado como el año de COVID-19, la mayor crisis de salud pública de nuestra vida. Con suerte, a medida que miremos hacia atrás en el año y lamentemos la pérdida de tantas personas, comenzaremos a tener una comprensión más profunda de que, independientemente de nuestra herencia racial o étnica, nuestras creencias religiosas o políticas o nuestro estado socioeconómico, todos estamos unidos en una experiencia compartida. COVID-19, aunque no sea otra cosa, ha servido como un vívido recordatorio de que nuestras vidas están profundamente conectadas y que somos interdependientes con toda la creación. 

Foto por la Hermana Victoria Incrivaglia

Como Hermanas de la Misericordia de las Américas, somos muy conscientes de cómo el coronavirus ha expuesto las muchas injusticias e inequidades que durante demasiado tiempo han plagado nuestros países. Sabemos que el COVID-19 ha afectado desproporcionadamente a personas de color, migrantes, personas sin hogar y ancianos frágiles. Como comunidad religiosa, hemos alzado nuestras voces en favor de los vulnerables y hemos pedido solidaridad y equidad en nuestra respuesta a esta pandemia mundial.

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The Sun Also Rises

January 8, 2021

By Sister Pat Kenny

A photo of the sun rising at the US Capitol Building.
Photo by Andy Feliciotti on Unsplash

Nights will fall—long, dark and dangerous—but the sun also rises. Ernest Hemingway’s title serves so well to describe the hopes of all of us today. On January 6, night fell at 4:45 p.m., ending an afternoon of rage, chaos and tragedy. Pent-up anger was nurtured by the lies and unfounded fears of elected leaders whose oaths assured us that they would tell the truth and protect the American people. Chaos was encouraged for months by a leader whose ego was nourished in proportion to the chaos he could create. Tragedy was the inevitable result.

Nightfall brought no resolution, no assurance that justice would be meted out to those responsible and little promise of a better day today. We went to sleep, some of us, in tears, afraid of what might lie ahead and with a fragile hold on the promise of calm and reason when we awoke. Our faith in the mercy and justice of our God was sorely strained, for we have waited so long for evidence that our prayers for our government and our country would bring mercy and justice.

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The Challenge of Plastic

January 4, 2021

By Sister Karen Donahue

Plastic is literally everywhere. It is a major component of just about everything we encounter in daily life, including computers, cell phones, home appliances, household items, food packaging, personal care products and much more.

An image of the Mercy Earth Challenge plastic logo.

As we move into the next module of our Mercy Earth Challenge, we will be focusing on plastic. Plastic usage has emerged as a concern for several reasons:

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El desafío del plástico

January 4, 2021

Por la Hermana Karen Donahue

El plástico está literalmente en todas partes. Es un componente importante de casi todo lo que encontramos en la vida diaria, incluidos ordenadores, teléfonos celulares, electrodomésticos, artículos para el hogar y embalaje, productos de cuidado personal y mucho más.

Al pasar al siguiente módulo de nuestro «Reto: Tierra y Misericordia», nos centraremos en el plástico. El uso de plástico ha surgido como una preocupación por varias razones:

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Walking with Faith into an Unknown New Year

December 31, 2020

By Sister Carolyn McWatters

New Year’s Day. For those of us in the States, this day has traditionally been a time for making resolutions—commitments to shake off some bad habits and/or choose some things that will make ourselves or our world better. We make our lists and set our sights. I admit to having a pitiful history of choosing these new year’s resolutions. When I do, I find they are quickly forgotten, and life goes on as usual.

But this year is different. This year begins like no other in our memory. We find ourselves in the middle of a horrifying pandemic that has affected the world community in unparalleled ways. Island nations and seaside areas have been ravaged by unprecedented climate events. Racism has reared its ugly head in an appalling and breath-taking onslaught of hatred and violence. The U.S. has experienced a fractious four years of political turmoil. The global community is in the grips of deep pain and suffering, and has been thrown off balance in so many ways.

What are we to make of all of this upheaval? As people of faith and sisters and brothers of Catherine, what do we hear God saying to us in the midst of all this suffering and confusion and unknown? To what are we called, as individuals and as an Institute?

In the face of all of this, life ought not, will not, cannot simply go on as usual.

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Caminando con fe hacia un Año Nuevo desconocido

December 31, 2020

Por la Hermana Carolyn McWatters

Día de Año Nuevo. Para quienes somos de Estados Unidos este día tradicionalmente es un momento para hacer resoluciones, compromisos para deshacernos de malos hábitos y/o elegir cosas que nos harán mejores a nosotras o a nuestro mundo. Hacemos nuestras listas y elegimos nuestros objetivos. Admito tener un historial lamentable de elegir los propósitos de año nuevo. Cuando lo hago, veo que se olvidan rápidamente y la vida sigue como de costumbre.

Pero este año es diferente. En nuestra memoria este año comienza como ningún otro. Nos encontramos en medio de una pandemia terrible que ha afectado a la comunidad mundial de manera incomparable. Las naciones insulares y las zonas costeras han sido devastadas por eventos climáticos sin precedentes. El racismo ha asomado su fea cabeza en una espantosa e impresionante avalancha de odio y violencia. Estados Unidos ha experimentado cuatro años de agitación política. La comunidad mundial está sumida en un profundo dolor y sufrimiento, y se ha desequilibrado de muchas maneras.

¿Qué haremos con todo este trastorno? Como personas de fe y hermanas y hermanos de Catalina, ¿qué nos dice Dios en medio de todo este sufrimiento, confusión e incógnita? ¿A qué se nos llama, como personas y como Instituto?

Frente a todo esto, la vida no debe, no puede continuar simplemente como de costumbre.

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Top 10 Blog Posts of 2020!

December 28, 2020

2020 has been a year like no other, and the stories featured on our blog have shown the many ways that we, as Mercy, have responded to its challenges.

The COVID-19 pandemic affected all, throughout the Institute and the world, turning our blog into a space for reflection and hope as we collectively dealt with uncertainty, fear and grief. Amid these unprecedented times, we found solace in our Mercy spirituality and history while celebrating the ways our Works of Mercy continued and met needs both new and eternal. The liturgical seasons of Lent and Advent gave structure and meaning to our quarantined days, and the wisdom of our founder Catherine McAuley and our Mercy foremothers guided and bolstered us along the way.

As we approach the dawning of a new year, we invite you to look back, read and reflect on our Top 10 Most Popular Blog Posts of 2020!

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