• We have one solid comfort amidst this little tripping about, our hearts can always be in the same place, centered in God, for whom alone we go forward or stay back.

    - Catherine McAuley



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Catherine McAuley had wise advice for her sisters which is relevant for us today:

The simplest and most practical lesson I know...is to resolve to be good today, but better tomorrow. Let us take one day only in hands, at a time, merely making a resolve for tomorrow, thus we may hope to get on taking short, careful steps, not great strides.
-- Letter to de Sales White February 28, 1841

Do not fear offending anyone. Speak as your mind directs and always act with more courage when the "mammon of unrighteousness" is in question.
-- Letter to Mary Ann Doyle July 24, 1841

On her 50th Jubilee on August 27, 2011, Sister Jeanne Christensen addressed the congregation gathered to celebrate with her.

"I chose today’s readings because they reflect for me why I am a Sister of Mercy and how I came to be who I am as a Sister of Mercy.  While it is my call – along with many other sisters – being a person of mercy is a call for all of us.   We are all bound by faith and the desire to respond to what God asks of us."

To read her full reflection: Sister Jeanne's Saturday Reflection

 The next day, she gave another reflection:

 "As many of you know, I am Jeanne Christensen, a Sister of Mercy.  I am celebrating my 50th jubilee this weekend – amazed by how quickly the years have passed.  I hope that my life as a Sister of Mercy reflects how our foundress, Catherine McAuley, would respond today."

To read her full Sunday reflection: Jubilee Sunday Reflection



Mercy Story

  • srdoloreszurekAfter spending an hour on the phone with Medicare, or a doctor’s office, or an insurance company, Sister Dolores hangs up the phone with a sigh and a fervent prayer, “Help me, Jesus.”