On a wet and misty summer morning, 13 amazing spirits took to the Wellington Streets for the Heart Foundation’s annual street appeal. The students embraced our STAR values of taking the challenge and respecting our values by giving their time to support this incredibly worthy cause.
E whakamoe ana, e whakawhētai ana te hāpori o Hato Maria ki a koutou ngā kōhine tino atawhai o tō tatou nei kura i runga i te āhuatanga o te wā i kohikohia pūtea koutou mō te Rōpū Whakahaere Manawa. Nō reira kōhine mā tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou, tēnā koutou katoa.
There is an opportunity for any girl who has missed out on any of the Sacraments of Initiation to participate in a programme leading up to Easter. The girls have been alerted to this in the school daily notices. If you wish your daughter to be involved in this programme please contact me or David Sullivan at the Catholic Centre on 496 1708.
In Mercy, we touch the hearts of those who are in misery
In Mercy we are touched by them and feel their strength and courage
In Mercy we heal the pain of those who are in sorrow
In Mercy we are healed by them and we see the face of hope
The beautiful words of this song, The Circle of Mercy, which has become the song that unites Mercy work internationally, are fitting words to reflect on this very special day for St Mary’s College as we celebrate together the essence of who we are a community. Today we celebrate our Mercy College, our Mercy community and we join in spirit with our sister schools throughout New Zealand – Villa Maria College in Christchurch; St Catherine’s College in Wellington; Carmel College, St Mary’s College Ponsonby and McAuley College in Auckland. As we do so, let us acknowledge all those who are the reason for why we exist in the first place – the poor, the sick, the homeless, the powerless ones, particularly women and children, those with little voice of their own – theirs is a presence within and alongside of us today – a powerful presence whose call we must continue to respond to, to reach out in service to. As we celebrate together this day let us always remember that we are called to be aroha in action to one another and to those whose voices we hear in our hearts.
I wish you all a very happy Mercy day and hope that the holiday time will be a time for families to spend some special time together.
Last December, Pope Francis began the Holy Year of Mercy, inviting us all to open wide the doors of our hearts. For this, our school theme for 2016 is “Be the Face of Mercy”. To help us apply this theme, the leadership team has constructed fortnightly reflections, which we call “The Map to Mercy”. I would like to share with you our 12th map to Mercy for the year:
This Map-to-Mercy is that indifference is the obstacle to mercy: mercy’s first step is to fight indifference.
Indifference “makes our hearts grow cold”. It blocks the channels of mercy just like blood clots in the veins. Being indifferent blocks the channel of God’s love and mercy that He wants to radiate through each one of us. We cannot do charitable works of mercy if our hearts are unmoved.
Pope Francis is inviting everyone to open their hearts to God and to overcome a “globalization of indifference”. Being indifferent causes individuals and communities to withdraw into themselves, closing their doors and their hearts. The Pope teaches us to pray for a heart that becomes, “merciful, attentive and generous, a heart which is not closed, indifferent or prey to the globalization of indifference.” St Paul teaches us ““If one member suffers, all suffer together”.
This ties in with the corporal work of mercy: “shelter the homeless”. It is very easy for us to be indifferent to people on the streets around us because it is easier to ignore them and “follow the crowd”. Being indifferent means that we do not care and sometimes we chose not to care because it takes less effort – it is the simple way out. However, sometimes what’s easy isn’t necessarily what’s right and in the words of Dumbledore: “there will be a time when we must choose between what is easy and what is right.”
Indifference will grow in us if we choose to close ourselves off from the world and focus only on our own comfort, pleasure and problems without looking up to see if we can help someone in need. Let’s try to put others first and to be more aware of our surroundings: at school, at home, and on the street.