Mary MacKillop is a source of inspiration for all Australians. She will be our first canonised saint - someone for all people of all ages and faiths. Her life was a 'teaching by example', showing us that we can be successful in anything we do if what we do is in accordance to God's perfect will.
Hers is also an example to never give up on what we believe to be worthy of undertaking - if we see a need then help out, look out for others & be kind. People will see something special in us because we are living our life as Christians. We begin to shine so as to be a light to others; and preach without preaching but by example (Cardinal Newman)
There is a commercial on TV that uses this line - "from little things big things grow" - think of how a smile from a loved one can brighten your day, then think if you were to smile to everyone you meet how you could be brightening their day.... and so on. Doing good is infectious & it will spread.
Little did either of us dream what was to spring from so small a beginning
Mary MacKillop 1891
Anything is possible if we dare to carry out our dreams with passion and with hearts desiring to love all people through the heart of Jesus.
Don't do anything from selfish ambition or from a cheap desire to boast, but be humble rowars one another, always considering others better than yourselves. And look out for one another's interest, not just for your own. The attitude you should have is one that Christ Jesus had....
I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.
Prayer by Cardinal Newamn
Help me to spread your fragrance wherever I go. Flood my soul with your Spirit and life.
Penetrate and possess my whole being so utterly that my life may only be a radiance of yours.
Shine though me and be so in me that every soul I come in contact with may feel your prescence in my soul.
Let them look up and see no longer me, but only Jesus! Stay with me and then I will begin to shine as you shine so to shine as to be a light to others.
The light o Jesus, will be all from you; none of it will be mine. It will be you shining on others through me.
Let me thus praise you in the way which you love best, by shining on those around me.
Let me preach you without preaching, not by words but by example. By the catching force, the sympathetic influence of what I do, the evident fullness of the love my heart bears for you.