Winter wisdom

Catherine discovered mercy at work in her life, experiencing within her concrete situation her own need – Sr Joanna Regan rsm

As the temperature adopts a cooler personality over the coming weeks, it might be tempting to shift gear into hibernation mode, but we have some top tips for how you can keep your mind, body and spirit healthy this winter.

  1. Find purpose in mission: winter can sometimes feel like it lasts forever with daylight saving finished and the social calendar looking a bit empty. Mission always remains at the heart of who we are. To that end, winter provides a perfect opportunity to think about the causes you might want to champion in your community. Contributing to a world where God’s love and mercy are experienced by all will keep your heart full, your spirit spritely, and your mind interested. Remember, deeds, not words, are the true measure of our worth.
  2. Use time to get ahead: it can feel very empowering to be one step ahead when it comes to your study. Instead of being disheartened by a quieter period, use this to your advantage. Our Sisters of Mercy Founder, Catherine McAuley, wrote in the Congregation’s original rule that no work of mercy “can be more productive of good to society, or more conducive to the happiness of the poor, than the careful instruction of women.” As women, we have the potential to incite powerful change across the world – gender equality is an important part of the Sisters of Mercy mission. Education – learning new skills and working to fulfil our potential – is doing justice to the cause, helping to transform our lives, those of our families, and aiding this all-important global movement. See your education as one of your strongest assets and embrace the opportunity to reflect on and refine your knowledge during the quieter times.
  3. Nourish mind, body and soul: while it’s tempting to curl up on the couch with hot chocolate during the cold days, test yourself. There is great merit in looking at how God is calling us to live differently and to challenge our own status quo. There is no growth in constant comfort and to physically test ourselves is to give ourselves the opportunity to fail, learn, succeed and flower. Perhaps you want to train for a half-marathon, or even a 5k fun run. Your focus might be on learning a new hobby or simply making the commitment to walk every day.


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