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Book – The Name of God Is Mercy

The Name of God Is Mercy. (Random House: 2016. 150 pages).

This little book has come from an interview of Pope Francis with Vatican reporter Andrea Tornielle. It relates Pope Francis’ candid and clear responses to questions about why it was important to him to proclaim a Year of Mercy. He says, “Mercy is the first attribute of God.”(p. 62) and “There are no situations we cannot get out of….” (p. 85). “Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth.” (105) and “God forgives, not with a decree, but with a caress. (xvi). Questions are brief and clear and the Pope’s responses are simply voiced. I personally found it necessary to keep moving past the translator’s constant use of male pronouns for God. I don’t know Spanish or Italian; perhaps these words are a non-issue in languages other than English. 

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Reflection Day

Sr. Kay Duffin presented a Lenten day of reflection at the mother house in Montreal on Feb. 13th for the Montreal associates and their invited guests. We were twenty-one in attendance and it was a graced filled day.

Sr. Kay started off the day with the word Metanoia, repentance, change of direction, to go into our larger mind, re-wiring of our conscience to see further then what we are, going inward and outward in order to go forward... transforming our consciousness from the Spirit. 

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Radical Grace

Radical Grace, an award-winning documentary (2015; 75 min.) directed by Rebecca Parrish and produced by Niccole Bernardi-Reis. Executive Producer is Susan Sarandon, noted for her active support of social causes including economic justice, women’s rights, anti-war efforts and for her social justice work. Radical Grace is about three contemporary activists; Sister Simone Campbell, (Nuns on the Bus), Sister Chris Schenk (Future Church) and Sister Jean Hughes. The film is available for rental to groups; the home DVD is not yet available.

CNWE New Brunswick has arranged for public screenings in Saint John (March 30) and Fredericton (March 31). To see the trailer, visit

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