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Reflections on our Vision of Mercy Day

This was the theme for a day of reflection for Sisters, Associates and volunteers held at St. Catharine's Convent Edinburgh on 13 December 2104. The day was led by Sister Philomena Bowers who spoke of Catherine's vision, our own vision for life and our response in Mercy Service. Some responses to the day included:

This reflection has helped me to feel more relaxed and have faith that my life will work out the way it should. It has truly emphasised the importance of helping others and reaffirmed my belief in the importance of happiness. I found it useful to look at the different Bible translations. I like the use of the word "vision" because it can be interpreted in many different ways. This day has inspired me to do more reading and learn more about Catherine.

It is so good to have an opportunity to understand the person involved in the Sisters' work here in Edinburgh. It's important to be reminded of God's providence in the midst of exams and Christmas themed chaos.

This reflection has made me think about the vision in my life especially in this end of year. I found Catherine McAuley very inspirational, that she devoted her life to help the poor. I hope in the next year I will be a better person and can help other people.

This day was a wonderful way to wrap up my term at University. A day of reflection, particularly on mercy and charity helped centre and ground me going through Advent and looking forward to Christmas!

The day concluded with the celebration of Mass with Father Damian OP who had been educated by the Sisters of Mercy in Jamaica and who commented in his homily "Judging from the life of Catherine McAuley, mercy requires a strong character and much perseverance; it demands organization and keen insight... Mercy is an attitude of life which needs practise everyday."