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What is Perfect?

November 19, 2009

Look at any tree. Rarely do you find one perfectly shaped. All show signs of suffering. In the city, tree branches are trimmed away from telephone and electric lines. In nature, burls are scabs showing healing of an old wound. Tent worms eat foliage. Woodpeckers drill holes looking for insects. Trees are survivors, and most live lots longer than we do.So what does it mean to be perfect? From my Latin studies I remember the word’s root meaning: ‘thoroughly made.’ It’s easy to say, “It takes a lifetime to grow.” It’s harder to be patient with growing. We like things complete, finished – admit it – we like things perfect. It consoles me to understand that I am a work in progress, that I don’t have to be perfect today. I’m allowed – encouraged – expected – to grow and become the person I am meant to be. Then I can honor myself and the struggles I have endured to grow and be where I am today – just like the trees.

To Be or Not to Be Mercy? That is the Question

November 16, 2009

By Sister Pat

Why be a Sister of Mercy? What if I do not feel it is right for me?

These are excellent questions?  They are at the heart of anyone searching to serve God as a Sister of Mercy.  They are questions that show concern and risks.  The concern is,  am I worthy to serve as a Daughter of Catherine?  Can the Sisters of Mercy enriche my life by supporting my spiritual growth and build a community of support and love.  Are the works done by the Sisters ways in which I can be happy serving the church. Read More »

What is the deepest desire of your heart?

November 12, 2009

By Sister Carolyn B.

How does a person find their calling in life?  How does one choose between two good options for something such as a college major, a ministry, or a life style?

Asking ourselves what is the deepest desire of our heart is an important step in making these choices.  My deepest desire is to be in union with God.  Because of this desire, I have chosen to be a Sister of Mercy. Read More »

There is a time for everything…

November 9, 2009

By Sister Patti

I have lived in St. Louis, Missouri for four years and now I am getting ready to move to Silver Spring, Maryland. For the past three and a half years I have lived in a local community with 3 other sisters. We have prayed together, shared meals together, celebrated occasions together and today went to visit the family farm of Sister Agnes -something I wanted to do before I left. Read More »

Mercy Hospitality and Vows

November 6, 2009

By Sister Sheila 

Have you ever had the experience of days of rising excitment and anticipation of something big happening???  Maybe it was a major life event for you or a family member or close friend.  Well that is surely what has been happening in the Mercy Community where I live. Read More »

The Gift of Time

November 5, 2009

By Sister Carolyn Mary

This morning I awakened to hear the sound of a gentle rain outside my bedroom window.

It was such a soothing sound as I lay in bed giving thanks for the fall season when the clock falls back returning that hour of sleep it borrowed in the spring. Read More »

Chatting up MERCY

November 4, 2009

By Angie G.

How can we chat up Mercy?

I was first introduced to Sr. Kathleen by Sr Pat G., both Vocation Ministers at the time,  at a NyPPaW gathering in Erie, PA. Sr. Pat told Sr. Kathleen that I was into vocations and we should talk about using the internet. Read More »

Which Souls have left memorable “footprints” on your life?

November 2, 2009

By Sister Claudia Ward

Some people come into our lives and quickly go … some stay for a while, leaving footprints on our hearts … and we are never … ever … the same. –Anonymous

Today many Christians throughout the world celebrate All Souls Day, a day of remembering, and praying for, the “faithfully departed” souls.  What Souls have left memorable “footprints” on your life? Read More »

Buying Toilet Paper – A Decision in Justice?

November 2, 2009

By Rose Marie 

Is buying toilet paper a justice issue? A few weeks ago, I saw an article in the local newspaper about how most toilet paper is made from old growth trees. Read More »

Being a Sister of Mercy

October 31, 2009

By Sister Michelle 

Saturday (Halloween) I joined my “Mercy Circle” for an all day gathering at a house we use for meetings and private retreats in St. Louis.  There were 8 of us discussing what our South Central Community’s priorities should be in the coming year or so. One thing I love about our Community is the honesty with which each person shares while always showing gentleness and respect for each other person in the circle. It is such a joy and grace to have people to whom I belong and with whom I share the deepest values of my life.

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