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Exorcising mercy almost a year ago, Pope Francis launched the Jubilee of Mercy, with the aim of helping us to experience mercy, both the mercy which all of us need to receive from God and the mercy we must show towards all those overwhelmed by suffering.

But there are some words which are traitorous: words that though they mean positive and good things, sound bad, at least to some people. One of these words is mercy. Is mercy a weakness? Nietzsche said, ‘I do not like the merciful who feel blessed in their pity”. And maybe modern man feels too self-sufficient.

     Since June 2015, I have been a member of the National Independent Electoral Commission (CENI) of the DRC.  I had the privilege of having been appointed by the civil society organisations working in the civic and electoral education for a non-renewable six-year term  Our main challenge, as a member of CENI, is to organise fair and transparent elections at local, provincial and national levels.  In particular, I am in charge of following up the youth, persons living with disabilities and indigenous populations. 

From freedom to security

The leading value put forward by politicians today is not freedom but rather security. The world, value systems, society, health, culture – all of these are portrayed as vulnerable and open to attack, and are therefore perceived as such.

This reality is concocted by the media, which have their agendas of economic and political interests, fuelled by daily rations of shock, horror, fear and vulnerability.

 

Yet “freedom”, not “security”, is the message that the major religions of the world are putting forward, namely their vision of “what is still possible”. This is the message that religious representatives should be proclaiming, whether or not the timing is right.

Understanding fear: moral panic

In attached file, the Siiaec report

In attached file, the European report

 

Opening session

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Study session

The North America region of ICMCIA/MIIC is pleased to present this brief report for the Assembly. We look forward to taking the next steps to renew this region in the coming years. We hope that this Assembly will help to guide some of our questions as we move forward (see challenges).

A. Mobilizing Communities of Young Professionals

Over the past four years, we have prioritized outreach to young professionals.  Our focus has been on engaging both young professionals and young lay theologians (see list of events). As a movement, we have organized or co-sponsored several events related to this effort. Kevin Ahern has visited existing communities in, Boston and Washington and has tried to establish or connect with new communities in New York, Toronto, Denver, and other cities. He has also worked on the board of several national organizations dealing with this question. These include: the Catholic Common Ground Initiative, America Media (Jesuits), Daily Theology, and the Church in the 21st Century Center of Boston College. In 2015, Kevin was asked to lead a session on young professionals in the Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace’s conference on the 50th Anniversary of Guadium et Spes.

This draft strategic plan includes:

- long term guidelines

- plan of action for the year 2017.

These documents will be discussed during the statutory session in Barcelona.

 

We shall arrive in Barcelona, as members of Pax Romana with our histories, cultural backgrounds and hopes for the future. First we want to take time to be together, which is not possible in the ordinary life, to share what is important for us as brothers and sisters, and also what is less important.

                But it is a time for discernment. We shall take time to see our movement, how it is dealing with the challenges of the world in different countries, time to reflect on this situation, time to organize our action in the future.

                All this is sustained by two ideas:

- a common thread : to move from indifference to mercy, which is not only a thematic issue but a change of attitude in Pax Romana life,

- the openness to the Holy Spirit, with times for meditation, praying together and celebrating as a Christian community.

In Vienna the following NGO Committees are operating:

NGO Committee on
    - Ageing
    - Peace
    - Status of Women (CSW)
    - Sustainable Development
    - The Family
    - Narcotic Drugs
NGO Alliance for Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

     Until recently, Pax Romana delegates were active in all the committees mentioned above, except the one on Ageing. - At present we are participating intensively in the Committee Status of Women (Annemarie Weinzettl) and Peace (Helga Kerschbaum). For the other committees we are looking for persons to replace some momentary vacant – respectively provisionally occupied – committees and hope to start with full engagements in January 2017.

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This text is a review of 4 years council experiences. It is intended to support the debates of the upcoming PA2016 about the future activities of Pax Romana Icmica.

     Mercy was just another word for me in the dictionary, i grew up getting familiar with this word especially in the catholic church. I never found the context of mercy empowering, as I found the usage of this word in stories, where one had to fall on their knees and ask the lord for forgiveness, shouting "have mercy on me lord, have mercy" something i often heard at Good Friday services. When the door of mercy was opened by Pope in Rome, i was wondering if walking through this door will save my soul. To acknowledge, i have not yet entered these local holy doors in Mumbai. However, the opening of the doors while led to the altar, i determined to open the door the other side that led to the people of this world. Since i trust the pope of my generation, i took on to live this year of mercy as guided by his holiness. I was fortunate to have been invited by Fr. Leon Cruz sdb, the missionary of mercy from India to join him in this work. And so my journey in understanding this grace of mercy began. One of the opportunity was to update my reflections on Facebook Page, ' 'Face of Mercy'. This kept me alert all the time to see where can i find this face of mercy. And guidance by Fr. Leon helped me grow in faith.

Dear participants,

All the information you need is in the "Infopack".

Mercy as a lifestyle: Pax Romana Community reflection beyond borders.

Friday August 12th

 

Faith and Deeds (St James 2:14-17 // New International Version (NIV)

14 What good is it, my brothers and sisters, if someone claims to have faith but has no deeds? Can such faith save them? 15 Suppose a brother or a sister is without clothes and daily food. 16 If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it? 17 In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead.

Jubilee audience: On Works of Mercy

JUNE 30th , 2016

     How many times, during these first months of the Jubilee, we have heard talk of the works of mercy! Today the Lord invites us to make a serious examination of conscience. In fact, it is good never to forget that mercy is not an abstract word, but a style of life: a person can be merciful or not merciful; it’s a style of life. I choose to be merciful or I choose not to be merciful. It is one thing to speak of mercy and another to live mercy. Paraphrasing the words of Saint James the Apostle, (cf. 2:14-17), we can say: mercy without works is dead in itself. It is in fact like this! What renders mercy alive is its constant dynamism in going to meet the needs and necessities of all those in spiritual and material hardship. Mercy has eyes to see, ears to listen, hands to resolve…

- ”Paraphrasing the words of St James the Apostle (cf. 2:14-17), we could say: mercy without works is dead within itself.“ 

     Comment: Being full of mercy should result in deeds 

- ”Sometimes we pass by situations of dramatic poverty and it seems that they do not touch us; everything continues as if it were nothing, into an indifference that eventually creates hypocrites and, without our realizing it, leads to a form of spiritual lethargy that numbs the soul and renders life barren.“ 

     Comment: Unless mercy is manifested in works, we will be subject to indifference and lethargy, which means that we fail to meet the others, and do pass by the wounds of those who suffer from poverty 

     Mercy, Compassion, Love sounds very comfortable. As a human being everyone wants to experience these verbs. As the theme of this Year, it becomes more verbal in our daily life. While living stroll around the streets. I am curious to know whether it is the real world or the world of the fake? I saw a great shift in Humanity. Humanity  being praised and being insulted. Why humanity is suffering? Humanity is dragging on the roads and humanity is being honour among the rich. The pair of shoes  has more dignity and leisure’s of life as it is been displayed nicely in the shopping mall and on the other hand  the child of the poor is sleeping on the road enjoying the melody traffic and taps by sun on the road. 

How many times, during these first months of the Jubilee, have we heard about the works of mercy! Today the Lord invites us to make a serious examination of conscience. Indeed, it is good to never forget that mercy is not an abstract word, but it is a way of life: a person can either be merciful or unmerciful; it is a lifestyle. I choose to live in a way that is merciful or I choose to live in a way that is unmerciful. It is one thing to speak of mercy, and it is another to live mercy. Paraphrasing the words of St James the Apostle (cf. 2:14-17), we could say: mercy without works is dead within itself. That’s it! What makes mercy come alive is its constant dynamism in order to go and meet those in need and the necessities of those in spiritual and material hardship. Mercy has eyes to see, ears to hear, hands to lift up again....

This material is intended to gather the thoughts of our communities on the topic of the plenary Assembly of Barcelona 2016, called "Indifference to the Mercy: What’s our commitment?"
This document is a summary of the Papal audience, and it is mentioned centrally the "mercy" and the Pope interpellate us many times to get closer to a practical concept and non-theoretical about Mercy. Therefore, we have selected it to be analyzed in the local communities of our federations in the entire world. It will be available during the meeting in Barcelona.