New Mercy-ing App to Continue Daily Inspiration and Reflection

Although the Year of Mercy has drawn to a close, a new Mercy-ing App has been developed for 2017.
During the Year of Mercy, a Mercy Cross & Relics of St Mary of the Cross MacKillop and St Teresa of Kolkata journeyed throughout the Diocese of Parramatta. Image: Diocese of Parramatta/Art in Images.

A new Mercy-ing App has been developed to enable people to continue with daily inspiration and reflection to support the movement of contemplation and action in the everyday.

The app encourages the user’s reflection each morning and evening.

The app encourages the user’s reflection each morning and evening.

The original app, prepared for the Year of Mercy, is now an integral part of the lives of thousands of people across the globe. Users have noted that the app has provided support for reflection in their personal prayer life as well as being a great resource for using in workplaces such as  in the classroom with students and with staff and colleagues when they gather. One user noted: “I have really looked forward every day to using the app. It has challenged me to Mercy mindfulness as well as Mercy action.” Another stated: “I find it a great focus to begin each day. It puts me in a Mercy-mind.”

In his apostolic letter to close the Jubilee Year of Mercy, Misericordia et misera, Pope Francis notes that as this special time of celebration comes to a close “the Door of Mercy of our heart continues to remain wide open” and the Mercy-ing App will assist in doing just that.

Starting on 1 December, the app has  launched a new year of monthly themes which in this calendar year will reflect on 12 Mercy values, including values such as hospitality, justice, compassion and courage, to name a few. In response to user requests, the updated version will have even more daily content and questions for reflection connecting these themes with contemporary issues and areas of focus for the international Mercy community.

Based on feedback from users, the app has some new features, including an interactive function where users can provide insights, thoughts, suggestions or ideas via a feedback section on the menu screen. While, the inbuilt timer still includes the options for a variety of time settings, the new version of the app also includes the capacity to remove the timer by selecting the “none” option.

To install the updated features and access new content, current users just need to complete an update through their device. New users can download the app free of charge from the App Store or Google Play.

The Mercy-ing App, has been developed by Fraynework Multimedia in conjunction with a working group of lay women, Carmel Crawford (Co-ordinator Mercy Ethos Office, ISMAPNG), Anne Ferguson (Co-ordinator, Office of  Mission Animation, Sisters of Mercy Parramatta), Janice McDrury and Natalie Acton (Mercy Ethos Educator, ISMAPNG).

Source: Institute of Sisters of Mercy of Australia & Papua New Guinea.

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