Resources from across the Mercy world
This page features links to, and a range of resources developed by, Mercy individuals, groups and organisations beyond ISMAPNG.
In the 190th anniversary year of the opening of the House of Mercy on 24 September 1827, and on the 25th anniversary of the establishment of Mercy International Association on 12 October 1992, this document collates the outcomes of the Mercy International reflection Process (MIRP) and the ongoing call to the ministry of Mercy.
This season, we invite you to pray the Joy of Advent to include all of Creation. The Nativity story is resplendent with images of the human and natural world coming into communion to receive the birth of Jesus. We can imagine the stars illuminating the night sky, the animals keeping the Holy Family protected and warm, and the precious gifts of Gold, Frankincense, and Myrrh.
For the we journey of these next 23 days, we offer reflections based on the daily Scripture readings. Pope Francis invites us to hear the cry of the Earth. We extend that invitation this season to hear the Earth rejoice in the coming of the Savior of All.
We invite you to journey with us through Advent, reflecting during this season on the MIRP themes of Degradation of Earth and Displacement of People. Let us pray together
Environmental refugees and human trafficking module
Following recent climate disasters, Hurricanes Harvey and Irma and the earthquake in Mexico, members of the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking (USACHT) believed it would be helpful to share a module entitled “Human Trafficking and Environmental Refugees” for reflection and discussion. The module, written by Jeanne Christensen rsm, a member of the Board of USACHT, can be downloaded here.
Grace Crema, a senior at Our Lady of Mercy Academy in Syosset, started Clean Water Wishes in an effort to help purchase bio-sand water filters for homes and villages in the Southeast Asian nation. Funds will be sent to the Sao Sary Foundation in Cambodia to directly fund the filters’ construction and installation.
Mercy by the Sea
Mercy by the Sea Retreat and Conference Center is a sacred space located on the shores of Long Island Sound, in Connecticut, USA. The centre is committed to helping individuals and groups nurture a relationship with the sacred in self, others and creation, and to working towards a just and compassionate world.
Mary Wickham is a Sister of Mercy from Melbourne, Australia, whose work is inspired by the history and landscape of Ireland and her ministries in education and with people with alcoholism, disability and dementia. Her work is often used for prayer and reflection.
Mary C Sullivan rsm
Mercy Global Action at the UN has developed a 12-week reflective resource to highlight the issues surrounding our planet’s seas and oceans. This includes all the fresh and saltwater waterways our planet holds. This 12-week reflection begins on UN World Water Day (22 March) and ends on UN World Ocean Day (8 June).
Each week's reflection includes:
- Excerpts from Pope Francis (primarily using the encyclical Laudato Si)
- A video clip that you can watch (just hover your cursor and click the link to watch)
- An opportunity for action and prayer reflection
Mercy International Association
As part of our Mercy global response to the 'cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor', we have created resources for use on this weekend and beyond. In using the term 'Mercy to Earth' and in working with our existing MIA logo, we are highlighting in a particular way our response to the invitation of Pope Francis: 'May the works of mercy also include care for our common home'.
The resources on this website (all digital files) are available for use by members of the Mercy family and our partners-in-Mercy.