the Sisters of Mercy, as they sought
to make tangible the merciful love
of God to all, especially the poor.
Dubliners, however, often called
them the “walking nuns” because
they spent so much time out in the
community among the poor.
Religious communities continually
reflect on their founding charism
to figure out how best to put their
heritage into action in today’s world.
The Alexian Brothers in Chicago,
for example, in the 1980s began
taking people dying of AIDS into
their personal residences, opening a
permanent facility for them in 1989.
Because family and friends often
abandoned those suffering from this
dangerous new disease, who bore a
great moral stigma as well, the brothers stepped in to care for them, just
as they had for the afflicted during
Europe’s Black Death six centuries
The Order of Mercy, or Merce-darians, founded in 1218 during
the Crusades to ransom Christians
captured by Muslims, is now working with the Chaldean Archbishop
of Erbil in Iraq, who has asked them
for prayers and economic support to
help thousands of Christian families
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