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Boots, Cracked Pots and a Place at the Table: Mercy in a World Becoming by Madeline Duckett RSM (paperback, $19.95)
This is a book about MERCY—God’s mercy and our call to be this mercy in a rapidly changing world. The somewhat playful title invites the reader into an exploration of four essential aspects of living mercy more deeply and consciously today. It reflects on the question of what it might mean to live a spirituality of mercy in an evolving universe that is becoming increasingly more conscious. As the world becomes more connected via technology, communications and mobility, we are aware of the huge potential of this moment for giving birth to a new humanity. We are also aware of its potential for self-destruction. The book raises the question of how mercy fits in such a universe. It offers twelve reflections on themes related to all of this. In doing so it engages with the story of Catherine McAuley, the biblical story and the story of the universe.
Madeline Duckett is a Sister of Mercy from Australia with a background in education and spirituality. Currently she works as a spiritual director and retreat facilitator around Australia and overseas. Her previous writings include: Secret Places, Sacred Paths, on prayer and environment; and The Mystical Heart of Catherine McAuley – a series of reflections on aspects of the life and spirituality of the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy.