Welcome to JUST MERCY
Welcome to the very first edition of “just Mercy”, the E-newsletter of the Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia and Papua New Guinea. I hope you will enjoy this first edition, look forward to those to come in the future and find yourself keen to contribute. Please feel very welcome to share this publication with others who, you think, would be interested in receiving it.
It is hoped that “just Mercy” will become an effective and popular means of communicating within, across and beyond the Institute and its Ministries, enabling readers to share in the celebrations, the concerns, the achievement, the endeavours of women and men of Mercy throughout Australia and Papua New Guinea. I am often deeply moved by the mercy stories I hear, and I hope that this newsletter will enable many more to share some of these accounts. I have no doubt it will also call us to pray for those who benefit from and carry out the works of mercy among us. I congratulate Sr Anne McMillan rsm, the editor, and those who have worked hard with her to make this E-News a reality.
It is fitting that this E-News can be launched in time for Mercy Day, 24 September, in only the second year of the Institute’s existence. Mercy Day has had a special place in the story of the Sisters of Mercy from before the Congregation was actually established and we reflect upon that further in this E-News. It was almost as if the feast day of Our Lady of Mercy chose Catherine and her associates, rather than that they selected it. Mary C. Sullivan in “The Path of Mercy: The Life of Catherine McAuley” tells the story of how ‘the doors of the House of Mercy on Baggot Street opened on Monday September 24, 1827’. (p.64) The works commenced at the House of Mercy would lead to the establishment of the Congregation of Mercy in 1931.
Mercy Has Many Faces is the theme of the beautiful Mercy Day E-Card the Institute is using this year. This E-News will carry glimpses of what lies behind faces such as those on the card as stories are shared of people in need of the message of God’s mercy and of those who allow themselves to be channels of God’s mercy to others. May the feast of Our Lady of Mercy bring us to an ever deeper appreciation of the God who is Mercy.
Happy Mercy Day! Berneice
Messages to: Berneice Loch