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Community of Care: Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 26, 2020

Dear Friends,

Who would have thought that life as we knew it would come to such an abrupt halt?! The question of whether or not we will ever go back to the way it was and/or do we want to go back to the way it was…haunts me. What is it that I miss? Meeting friends and family, working with caring and compassionate colleagues committed to a mission, occasional lunch at the Shoreline Diner, chatting with the neighbors usually about their dogs…At this time when we most need community, community eludes us.

The Community of Mercy by the Sea continues to diligently observe the directives of our local and state leaders. It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to remain closed to the public until April 19 at the earliest. Each week we evaluate this and will continue to update you. We are exploring other ways of serving from a distance, so please continue to keep in touch.

This morning as I sipped my coffee and tried to pray, I watched another beautiful sunrise. With the trees still without leaves, it is possible for me to see clearly the shades of color and the changing configuration of the sky. And so it is at this time for all of us. Without the usual routine schedules and busyness and traffic and multiple places to be at the same time, we can see more clearly who we are and what is important. A certain clarity emerges and we need to pay attention.

You may have seen this already, but I am including a blog by Kitty O’Meara for our common reflection:

“And the people stayed home. And read books, and listened, and rested, and exercised, and made art, and played games, and learned new ways of being, and were still. And listened more deeply. Some meditated, some prayed, some danced. Some met their shadows. And the people began to think differently. And the people healed. And in the absence of people living in ignorant, dangerous, mindless, and heartless ways, the earth began to heal. And when the danger passed, and the people joined together again, they grieved their losses, and made new choices, and dreamed new images, and created new ways to live and heal the earth fully, as they had been healed.”

May you know peace and good health. And may this time, difficult though it is, be a time of clarity and healing for you.

In the spirit of Mercy, 
Sister Eileen 

Life has become extraordinarily busy with lengthy to-do lists crammed with tasks that often get put off and put off yet again. Work-related duties, family responsibilities and social gatherings keep us running. And in the midst of our over-scheduled existence, we’re constantly bombarded by loud music while we shop, mobile devices demanding our attention, TV commercials with ear-splitting exhortations, and cable news blaring from TVs in airports and cabs in major cities. 

Yet we yearn for peace, for time to gather in our scattered energies to heal body, mind and spirit.  We hunger to really know ourselves. We thirst for a deeper relationship with God.

Enter Mercy by the Sea, an oasis of stillness; holy ground where one can experience the Sacred; a sanctuary where the Earth is respected, sustainability practiced and natural beauty abounds.

Mercy by the Sea, located on 33 acres on the shores of Long Island Sound, invites all irrespective of faith tradition to come and spend time “far from the madding crowd.” 

Mercy by the Sea offers:

  • A sanctuary for reflection and prayer
  • Programs through which you can explore new ways of being with self, others and the world at large
  • Conference rooms for church groups, nonprofit organizations and companies to take the time and space for creative thinking, fellowship, planning, etc.

Come for a day, a weekend or longer.  Come to participate in day and weekend programs, themed and directed retreats, sabbaticals, or professional spiritual direction formation. Come as a day guest to enjoy the grounds and the silence.

Come to “be still and know…”