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Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Middle East

We are all invited to join with Pope Francis and his worldwide prayer network in praying this month's intention: Dialogue and Reconciliation in the Middle East

Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East, where diverse religious communities share their lives together.



In the Middle East, concord and dialogue among the three monotheistic religions is based on spiritual and historic bonds.
The Good News of Jesus, risen out of love, came to us from these lands. Today, many Christian communities, together with Jewish and Muslim communities, work here for peace, reconciliation, and forgiveness.
Let us pray that a spirit of dialogue, encounter, and reconciliation emerge in the Middle East.

- Pope Francis, November 2019

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Contemplating Compassion - Autumn Series' Final Note

Ms Claire Thomas, Director of Mission at OLMC Parramatta, led participants in a reflection on Compassion informed by Mercy Sister Breege O'Neill's article Called to Compassion.

Drawing on the Hebrew and Christian scriptures, the words of Pope Francis, Thomas Merton, and depictions of compassion in classical and contemporary art Claire challenged all present to consider our personal response to people and situations which call for a compassionate response.

This final seminar, concluded the Autumn Series of the Wake Up The World To Mercy Program.

The next series of seminars will begin in Spring.

First Sod Turned for Sr Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre - OLMC Parramatta

The centre, a state of the art building, will provide a multipurpose gathering space large enough to accommodate the whole school community, as well as indoor and rooftop sporting facilities and classrooms.

Artwork commissioned specifically for the building, and reflective of the Mercy Values at the heart of the College's life and mission will adorn the external façade.

Today's ceremony, saw College Principal, Mr Stephen Walsh, joined by immediate past Principal, Mrs Kitty Guerin, Sr Ailsa Mackinnon last Sister of Mercy to serve as Principal, and Former Deputy Principal Mrs Maria Pearson.

Also present were current and former members of college executive and staff, Sr Maria Lawton representing the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta, representatives for the Building architects, and appointed builders Reitsma Constructions.

To Learn more of developments in all aspects of the life of the College, Click Here.

Our Great Work-Caring for Country

The theme for the gathering was “Our Great Work-Caring for Country”. A task that requires commitment and action from people in all walks of life e.g. science, politics, philosophy, ethics, religion, economics and education.
 
John Butcher President of the Cooks River Valley Association shared how the Cooks River People are caring for country in the Cooks River Valley and how they see their relationship to the river and its surrounds. His talk was entitled “Walking the Talk-Caring for an Endangered Ecological Community”.


In the presentation we were taken on a journey. In the course of this journey, we discovered how groups of people connected to the river have improved not only the water quality of the river but also the diversity of life along the river. The river has come alive with festivals celebrating times when people swam in the river and places where ‘Sorry Day’ and other celebrations have and still take place.

We watched a video of the children from the local public school being educated into the life of the river. The Cooks River Valley Association wrote a unit on the Cooks River for Primary and Secondary School. Through the connections they have made they will take pride in looking after it.

Our next speaker, D Michelle Maloney, an environmental lawyer and co-founder of Australian Earth Laws Alliance (AELA) posed the question, “What have Law, Governance and Ethics got to do with the Great Work?”

She went on to tell us how a network of lawyers in Australia and abroad are contributing to the “Great Work” through efforts in the area of Earth Jurisprudence. They are working towards making the current Western legal system more earth-centred and less exploitive of the natural world.


Michelle shared some of the beliefs, ideology and ethics underlying the group’s approach to Earth Jurisprudence, including the belief of Thomas Berry that “Ecology is not part of Law rather Law is an extension of Ecology”.

She mentioned also the interconnection of the earth community and the view that the “Great Laws-“-laws of the natural world -are to be respected as basic and higher than human law.

Michelle shared how Members of AELA are critiquing current law, governance, and the overall worldview and practices of industrial society from the point of view of Earth. She told us ways in which AELA members are advocating alternative law and governance structures that support the rights of nature and ecological limits as well as human rights.
 
Click here for further information regarding AELA.

Many participants expressed appreciation of the input and sharing.

Our next gathering is Saturday Morning, August 29, 2015, when Professor Ray Norris and Cilla Norris will speak on “The World’s First Astronomers: Astronomy and navigation in Australian Aboriginal Traditions and Cultural heritage”. All are welcome.
 
Marie Butcher and Valda Dickinson 
 

Mercy Sisters Welcome and Affirm Pope Francis' Call for Global Action on Climate Change

In "Laudato Si (Praise be to You)," addressing "every person living on this planet", Pope Francis wishes to "enter into dialogue with all people about our common home".

In the same way, the Sisters of Mercy Parramatta through our 4th Vow Social Justice Group and our Ecology Group, strive to promote dialogue, advocacy and action to respond to the many issues facing our planet today.

We also welcome the response of Caritas Australia in promoting a Global Catholic Climate Movement petition which will be presented to world leaders, including Australian Prime Minister, at the Global Climate Negotiations in December 2015.

To find out more and to sign the petition, Click Here