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Path of Mercy

posted Aug 12, 2016, 10:42 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Aug 12, 2016, 10:43 AM ]
Each summer, the Seminary of the Immaculate Conception in Huntington presents The Liturgical Music Institute; a five day comprehensive program offering musical, liturgical and pastoral formation for liturgical musicians. Sr. Mary Ann and I had the privilege of attending Vespers and a workshop led by Rory Cooney and Steven Warner. Rory Cooney is a composer and director of liturgy and music at St. Anne Catholic Community in Barrington, Illinois. Steven Warner is the founder of the Notre Dame Folk Choir, and composed the Mass of Charity and Love we sing during Lent.

They both introduced new music they had composed, but ironically, the piece we liked the best was by neither one of them but by a Notre Dame graduate student of Steven Warners, Karen Schneider Kirner. Called “Path of Mercy”, it’s a simple reminder of the call of the faithful to be examples of mercy in our world. The text is based on the “Morning Offering” by Catherine McAuley, the Irish nun who founded the Sisters of Mercy in 1831…

God of morning, God of sunlight, look on me with tenderness. 
Help me see with eyes of mercy and respond with heart aflame. 
May my hands embrace your likeness, So your love transforms my life, 
As I walk the path of mercy, May your mercy be my own... 

Isn’t that a great text for this Jubilee Year of Mercy?