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Now is the hour for us to wake from the sleep of doubt and selfishness, O God. Help us greet each day in a spirit of trust and giving.
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- Catherine McAuleyLetter to Rev. Gerald Doyle, September 5, 1836
Since our founding by Catherine McAuley, action and contemplation have been the heart of Mercy life.
In response to an inquiry about entrance requirements for women interested in becoming Sisters of Mercy, Catherine wrote that, among other things, they must exhibit “an ardent desire to be united to God and to serve the poor.”
Rather than opposing or competing calls, we see in Catherine an integration of action and contemplation as reciprocal movements giving energy to a life of prayer and service.
Catherine urged her followers: “We should be like the compass that goes round its cycle without stirring from the center … Our center is God from whom all our actions spring as from their source and no exterior action should separate us from Him.”
Teachings such as this indicate the manner in which action and contemplation interact in our own lives of service today. Simply put, the vocation of the Sisters of Mercy is to bring the needs of our world and ministries to our prayer and to take to our ministries hearts centered in God.
As Sisters of Mercy, rooted in the spirituality of Catherine McAuley, we embrace lives of both prayer and service. In our times of prayer, we recognize God’s mercy in our daily lives and respond by offering ourselves to be a merciful presence and resource for others. We do this through our ministry in parishes, hospitals, schools and universities and in our retreat centers.
When we retire from full- time active ministry, we continue our commitment to service of others through prayer, volunteer services or support services wherever we live.
For individuals interested in exploring their own spirituality, deepening their relationship with God, finding a quiet and inspirational opportunity for reflection, or simply seeking daily prayers, we have a variety of spiritual experiences and resources to offer.
The Sisters of Mercy sponsor retreat and spiritual centers across the United States and in some Central American countries.
Individuals who are trying to make sense of a life experience or yearn for a deeper relationship with God may seek the assistance of a spiritual director.