Spirituality

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Sisters of Mercy and their Associates draw on the inspiration of Catherine McAuley, their foundress, who began her work with poor women in the first House of Mercy in Dublin in 1827. Catherine's deep faith in God who is Mercy, and her experience of the pain of poverty, shaped her prayer and in turn her prayer shaped her ministry.

RosesToday, as Sisters of Mercy and Associates, we commit ourselves to a life long journey of discovery of the Mercy of God, which is so often found in the lives and struggles of the suffering and the poor. On this journey we begin to understand our own poverty and our need for God's Mercy. We seek the face of God who is merciful and we try to live in a way that reflects this awareness.

St Non's St David'sThe spiritual and corporal works of mercy hold a special place in the tradition of Roman Catholicism. Persons hunger for food to nourish mind and spirit as well as body. Persons seek healing of bodily wounds which affect the spirit and spiritual wounds which affect the body.

As associates of Mercy, we commit ourselves to exercise the spiritual and corporal works of mercy revealed to us through the life of Jesus. Enriched by his love, healed by his mercy and taught by his word, we serve the poor, sick and uneducated.

" We ought to have great confidence in God
in the discharge of our works of Mercy
– the business of our lives "
Catherine McAuley

Find out more about our spirituality at Mercy World.