I am Mercy when I am a Faith Community Nurse: On Gratitude and #GivingTuesday

With our upcoming holiday of Thanksgiving, I intend to emphasize gratitude within our online community over the next few weeks, especially how we can integrate gratitude into our roles as faith community nurses.  Keep reading to find out what this has to do with Mercy…

Licensed photo courtesy BK

Licensed photo courtesy BK

While I was surfing Facebook this afternoon for content on gratitude to share with you, I stumbled upon a video shared by the Sisters of Mercy of the Americas. After watching the video, I realized it was my gift for the day from God, a light onto my path, not a haphazard stumble… I want to share it with you because I think it will resonate with your spirit as well.

In the video, Sister Judy Fortune speaks of Mercy being passion… for hope, compassion, justice, and service.  Throughout the video I hear echos of faith community nursing as the Sisters of Mercy speak of…caring, listening, loving, offering, empowering, service to the poor, “bringing the healing power of Christ to those most in need,” concern for all, being present, conveying God’s Mercy, “a life of joy and concern for others,” “service of the poor, the sick, and the uneducated,” being motivated by the spirit, joining with others to work on creating change, welcoming strangers, forgetting the self and doing for others, seeing the suffering face of Christ in another person, praying, and planting seeds.

I know these words resonate with you, my fellow faith community nurses, as well as they do with me.  Watch for yourself, and please share any thoughts you have in the comments below.

Did the video move your spirit? For me, it’s exciting to know that I am not alone in this ministry of healing! Others are working alongside us throughout the world. They just might not be in our backyards or even of the same faith.

I am not a Sister of Mercy, and I do not practice the Catholic faith. However, I do consider myself to have Mercy interwoven through the fabric of my soul because my formative teenage years were fostered by the Sisters of Mercy at the Academy of Our Lady of Mercy, Lauralton Hall, where I completed my high school education. I am eternally grateful to the Sisters of Mercy (and my parents) for this empowering experience, during one of the most difficult times of my life.  I was fortunate to be educated in an all girls setting steeped in faith and intellectual challenges. I believe Mercy is a part of me because of those years; my roots are in Mercy.

So, I can say, “I am Mercy.” And the times that I feel the most Mercy, are when I am in my faith community nurse role. And being in that role has spilled over Mercy into my role as a nurse practitioner.

Will you share with us if you feel something similar?  “I am Mercy when…” (in the comments below)

I followed a link at the end of the video and found another treasure waiting to be discovered on the Sisters of Mercy website!

Image courtesy givingtuesday.org

Image courtesy givingtuesday.org

What’s that?

It’s a global day of giving back on December 2 that you may wish to participate in with your faith communities.

licensed image courtesy BK

licensed image courtesy BK

I find that out of gratitude and thanksgiving often flows giving.  This special day highlights our opportunity to let our gratitude overflow to others in the spiritual act of giving.

We have a day for giving thanks. We have two for getting deals. Now, we have #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving back. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give.

#GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 by New York’s 92nd Street Y in partnership with the United Nations Foundation. Together, with a team of influencers and founding partners, we launched a global movement that has engaged over 10,000 organizations worldwide.

So, apparently this awesome movement started two years ago, and I’ve been completely oblivious!  Did you participate?  What did you do?

From the Sisters of Mercy page on #GivingTuesday

On the heels of Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday, let’s take some time to think about the impact we can make by being generous – with our time, our prayers, our spirit, and our resources. By taking action to improve our local communities and to give back to the charities and causes we celebrate, we are helping to create a better world – just like our founder Catherine McAuley did so many years ago.

Will you or your faith community participate in #GivingTuesday?

Here are some links to help you develop ideas and get started…

Explore the #GivingTuesday website, www.givingtuesday.org.

Like, Share, or Follow #GivingTuesday pages on Facebook and Twitter.

View hashtag streams of how others are participating in #GivingTuesday (and share yours) on these links to Facebook or Twitter. ‪

About courtholmes

Nurse Practitioner, Faith Community Nurse, Parish Nurse, Certified Wound Specialist, DNP Student at Quinnipiac University, Social Media Enthusiast... Passionate about integrating faith and health! CT Faith Community Nurses on Twitter @CTFCN

Posted on November 17, 2014, in Current Events, For You, For Your Faith Community, Inspiration, Program Ideas, Resources, Spiritual and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. I am mercy when I pray and take care of my friends and family and others.

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Does your site have a contact page? I’m having trouble
    locating it but, I’d like to send you an e-mail. I’ve got some ideas for your blog you might be interested in hearing.
    Either way, great website and I look forward to seeing it
    expand over time.


  3. Hi Juliana, you may email me at whparishnurse@gmail.com. Thanks!


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