Lives that are centred in God are well placed for keeping hope alive. Far from being just wishful thinking, that hope is grounded in the very modern perception that God is at work in an unfolding, unfinished universe.
Catherine McAuley’s question for us is whether our commitment to Mercy succeeds in revealing the nurturing, mothering God at the heart of our universe, whose constant labouring brings an evolving world to birth.
The compass … goes round its circle without stirring from its centre.
Now our centre is God from whom all our actions should spring as from their source.
The Gospel challenges us to reflect “who is my neighbour?” This focus on our interconnectedness with others, especially with those whose lives we seek to touch and transform, explains why te mana whakahaere – mutual empowerment – is one of Mercy’s core values.
In our willingness to walk alongside we allow ourselves to be changed and enriched by those we accompany. For there is no giving without receiving, no sharing of what we have without acknowledging our own need. As others grow in the awareness of their dignity and worth, our own mana is increased as well.
How do we give expression to the spiritual and corporal works of mercy in our time?
Please visit the Te Ngākau Waiora Mercy Spirituality Centre in Epsom, Auckland. The Centre offers a range of workshops and talks which can guide you through new learning and contemplative experiences.