The Year of Mercy will be coming to a close next month. Was it everything you planned for? Were you able to take advantage of the special graces it offered in the ways you hoped?
If the answer is “no” and you’re a mother, the Faces of Mercy Catholic Conference 4 Moms may be just what you need. This free, on-line conference will be made available the weekend of October 20-23 and includes four days of presentations from popular Catholic authors and speakers that focus on God’s mercy for mothers, and how mothers can be the “face of mercy” to others. The presentations — which run about 20 minutes long — can be accessed anytime during the conference and are also available as MP3 downloads.
Conference organizer Tami Kiser, a writer, blogger, mother of 10 and grandmother of five, knows how difficult it can be to find time for prayer, study, and the various kids of “self-improvement” projects a Catholic woman may want to undertake. She says the great thing about the Faces of Mercy conference is that it’s completely flexible — no need to get a babysitter. The talks can be accessed whenever a mom has a few quiet minutes to herself, or even while she’s folding laundry, running errands, or running on the treadmill. “More than getting household tasks done, however, is the fruit that will come when moms listen to the powerful messages inspired by this Year of Mercy,” explains Kiser.
To identify the best presenters for this conference, Kiser says she prayed, “Come, Holy Spirit!” and also researched popular speakers who had messages about mercy and/or mothers. “Honestly, I believe the Blessed Mother dropped them into my lap as this conference is under her patronage,” she says.
Kiser wants mothers to live with more mercy in their lives. “Our world desperately needs mercy. The best place to start is in ourselves and in our homes. I want moms to know the mercy of God and then in turn to be the “face of mercy” to others.”
Kiser believes that once we experience and understand the mercy of God, we can begin to live this mercy out in our own lives.
“If moms can live that mercy to their spouses, children, family, neighbors, and friends we can begin to change the world,” Kiser says. “A simple example is the new-found kindness that I have for my spouse, even when he’s grumpy and it’s undeserved. He then goes to a business meeting with a changed heart. His work associates go home from the meeting to their spouses in a joyful mood. These wives then are more loving and attentive to their children. It all starts with a simple act of mercy! Let’s all take more mercy and tenderness into the new year.”
For more information or to sign up for the conference go to www.CatholicConference4Moms.com.