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LIBA 150 - College Success and the Mercy Experience: Thoughts to Ponder

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College Success and the Mercy Values

Thoughts to Ponder


The two poems below are from an anthology of poetry, Echoes of Mercy (2015), created by the members of the Salve Regina University community, including students.  The Mission of Salve Regina University* calls us to "work for a world that is harmonious, just and merciful."  Echoes of Mercy illuminates the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy as essential components of a Mercy sponsored university.

This poetry has been included here for your reflection.

Salve Regina University, along with Mount Aloysius College, is one of 17 Mercy sponsored Colleges/Universities in the United States.  For a full list, click here.



by Cory Betz

Is poverty something we can truly fix?
Or are we too busy obsessing over the new
Iphone six?

There are people with no food, water, or homes.
There are also people who have had every single one of
Apple's Iphones.

If this isn't enough proof,
Just ask Siri,

She'll tell you the truth.


BY Mackenzie Donald

Homeless, dropout, lazy bum
Where did these hateful words come from?

These words that label and define
Like homelessness is such a crime
Like they choose this life
Like they choose this path
Like they wanted to receive our nation's wrath?

Or were they born into the world this way?
Never to catch a break not a single day
Struggling from childhood until now
Wanting a way out but never knowing how
Let us show some mercy
Let us show some love
Because we are all neighbors to our Lord above!

Cross of the Sisters of Mercy, from a devotional print, ca. 1920

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