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Look out for the Poorest and Most Neglected

July 03, 2016

Mercy isn't an abstract word. If we're serious about following Jesus, mercy must be a way of life.  St Mary MacKillop understood mercy and lived it. Pope Francis, in 2016, is continually showing and living mercy. Mary and Francis challenge US to be people of mercy ... every day of our lives!

You are invited to ponder their words, and the image below, using the Visio Divina method of praying.

Latin for 'divine seeing', Visio Divina is a prayerful consideration of and interaction with a photograph, icon, piece of art, or other visual representation.  It allows the viewer to experience God in a unique and powerful way.


“Seek first the poorest

and most neglected parts of God's vineyard …”           

Mary MacKillop, March 3, 1900

“...That which makes mercy alive is its constant dynamism to go out searching for the needy—and the needs of those who are in spiritual or material hardship ...”          

Pope Francis, June 30. 2016


Spend a few minutes with this image, and these words of Mary and Francis. Then ponder: 

In this Year of Mercy:

  • who are the ‘poorest and most neglected’ …
  • those suffering ‘spiritual or material hardship’?

How might I make a difference … in even one person’s life?  

Image and Reflection: Mary Ryan rsj—CentreWest Region