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Hope a Key Theme of Mercy Day 2017

On Friday September 15, OLMC Parramatta celebrated our 128th Mercy Day in the College’s newest building, the Ailsa Mackinnon Community Centre. 


The day began with a dialogue between students, staff, Bishop Vincent Long Van Nguyen OFM Conv DD, Pastoral Worker at Detention Centres on Manus and Christmas Islands, Sr Margaret Sheppard and refugee and advocate, Mrs Deena Yako. This was a chance to hear Deena’s experience of seeking protection in Australia after journeying from Iraq. Students were given the chance to ask questions and to share their responses to the speakers’ stories. Sr Margaret invited students to become like ‘shining lamps’ of justice and compassion. Bishop Vincent, also a refugee from Vietnam during the 1970s, passionately shared the many ways Australia has the capacity to be hospitable, ‘with boundless plains to share’ towards those who seek protection. 

Shortly after the dialogue, Bishop Vincent celebrated Eucharist and inspired the community to live as agents of faith, hope and mercy. After the Solemn Blessing, Congregation Leader of the Parramatta Sisters of Mercy, Sr Mary-Louise Petro challenged the community to engage in ‘contemplative action’ and to ask ourselves:

“In light of what I have heard today, what is one small action I can now do, where God’s Spirit is inspiring me to live and be mercy?

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Mercy

"Mercy …not only bestows benefits, but receives and pardons again and again…"

Catherine McAuley

Mercy is defined as empathy or love that manifests itself in action that is practical and thoughtful, warm and open, respectful and enabling.

Compassion

"Let charity then be our badge of honour…so that it may truly be said, there is in us but one heart and one soul in God."

Catherine McAuley

Compassion is a non-judgmental understanding of another’s need, which results in unselfish giving to meet that need.

Justice

"Never speak with contempt of any nation, profession, or class of people…"

Catherine McAuley

Justice is the treatment of each person with fairness in relation to the equality of all, and the maintenance of a balanced and fair relationship with self and all members of the community.

Dignity

"Now and again bestow some praise."

Catherine McAuley

Dignity is the treatment of each person with respect and the recognition of their inherent value and worth.

Excellence

"There is nothing of greater importance than the perfect discharge of our ordinary duties."

Catherine McAuley

Excellence is the state of achievement of the highest possible standards.

Hospitality

"The proof of love is deed."

Catherine McAuley

Hospitality is the creation of a welcoming, open, inclusive and respectful environment for all individuals, through word and deed.

Stewardship

"We can never say 'It is enough'."

Catherine McAuley

Stewardship is the grateful and responsible celebration of the sacred gifts God has given us to do the work he is calling us to do.

Service

"If we are humble and sincere God will finish in us the work he has begun."

Catherine McAuley

Service is the exercising and ministry of leadership in order to make a positive difference in the lives of individuals and communities.