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We at Mercy by the Sea have so much we want to share with you:

  • Inspiring and transformational quotes, prayers, poems, videos and books we discover or rediscover
  • Conversations with upcoming  presenters
  • Resources and thoughts on contemplative prayer, spiritual direction, the second half of life, emerging leadership, creativity, our relationship with nature and much more!

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On Mandalas

Spiritual director, retired minister and author, Rose Amodeo Petronella describes what a mandala is and how drawing them and her feelings over time became a prayer practice, offering insights and leading to inner changes.

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By Rose Amodeo Petronella  | 

Serendipity and Sorrow: Soil and Spirit

What could a grounds clean-up day have in relation to a retreat for parents who lost children?Jean Golicz astutely draws a connection between seemingly unrelated events held here at Mercy by the Sea.

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By Jean Golicz, Master Gardener and Mercy by the Sea Volunteer  | 

Announcing an Eco-Spirituality Collaboration

Sister Anne Curtis highlights the Sisters of Mercy commitment “to reverence Earth and work more effectively toward the sustainability of life” and explains the Northeast Community plans to translate that commitment into action.

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By Anne Curtis, RSM  | 

Eclipsing Hate

This year, Ramadan,a time of fasting, prayer and self-reflection in the Islamic calendar, began at sundown on Sunday, May 5. Celene Ibrahim offers questions to consider at the beginning of this holy month.

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By Celene Ibrahim, PhD  |