Aug 082013

Today we celebrate the feast day of Australia’s first saint ~ Mary MacKillop.

St. Mary Mackillop E

Mary was born in Melbourne in 1842 and died in Sydney on the 8th August 1909. She responded to the isolation of colonial families and pioneered a new form of religious life to provide education for their children.

Mary and her sisters shared the life of the poor, offering special care to destitute women and children. She will be remembered for her eagerness to discover God’s will in all things, and for her abiding trust in God’s providence.

Pray to be ever ready for God’s will, even when it takes you by surprise.    1880

Do all you can with the means at your disposal and calmly leave the rest to God.    1891

Never see a need without doing something about it.

Try to at least excuse what you cannot understand.   1877

God Bless.

Aug 072013

This blog as about to be revived. After a long absence it is now time to bring it back to life. It will serve well as a journal for my travels to Rome – a short pilgrimage, a time of learning, and a time of discovery of the church’s Precious Treasures.

It’s a long awaited journey and finally the planning has begun. I am looking forward to spending time in Rome and discovering the eternal city’s treasures of many descriptions.

They say that the planning of a journey is half the fun…. I’m not so sure; I think I’d rather just be there now.

Well, just  little while longer and I’ll be off.

Stay tuned for my journal notes as my journey begins and progresses.

Ciao for now!

Apr 302012

FOR TODAY … Monday 30th April

Outside my window … It’s night time & Peppi is sleeping just outside the door.

I am thinking … I can’t believe how long it’s been since I written up a post here.

I am thankful … for God’s goodness.

In the kitchen … late night cooking – a big batch of meatballs in pasta sauce.

I am wearing … black skirt, black singlet top with tan cardigan.

I am creating … small gift bags of potpourri.

I am going … to bed soon.

I am wondering … if we’re going to have a mild winter ‘cos I really don’t like the cold.

I am reading … Flying Doctor Stories by Bill ‘Swampy’ Marsh.

I am hoping … to create some fancy pens to take to my work colleagues.

I am looking forward to … my day off tomorrow.

Around the house … The heater is on; listening to (morning) mass on EWTN.

I am pondering … some new ideas for my creative work.

A favorite quote for today … Always remember…You teach people how to treat you.

One of my favorite things … cuddling our little pooch – Peppi.

A few plans for the rest of the week: back at work Wednesday; do some prep work for The Handmade Show; painting.

A peek into my day…

Nov 032010

Children are our Precious Treasures. At any stage of life from conception to old age they’re always yours. Whatever life throws at us we try to cope and I guess we do as best we can, because what else could we do?
Understanding, compassion, loving, being there – these are some of the words that come to mind when thinking about Surviving miscarriage and stillbirth. I’ve not gone through this kind of tragedy but have close friends who have.

Here is an interview on the Today Show with the founder of the stillbirth foundation Emma McLeod who advises on how to cope with a miscarriage and stillbirth.

Surviving miscarriage and stillbirth

Jun 132010

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….

Philippians 2:1-5

I have the strength to face all conditions by the power that Christ gives me.

Philippians 4:13

Prayer by Cardinal Newamn

Dear Jesus,
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.


Apr 272010

FOR TODAY… Tuesday 27th April.

Outside my window…… Grey sky, light steady rain – our warm days seem to be at an end as we settle for a week of rain & cooler days….. our neighbour has kindly offered to help us prume a few trees & he’s out there now in the rain … bless him.

I am thinking……. It’s the same cycle each year, each season. I can’t complain about our autumn because it’s been a warm one … it’s the countdaown through winter to spring now …. sigh.

 I am praying for…… My son who is now at Uni; our homeschooling friends; healing for my ailments.

I am thankful for…… My very supportive family; my beautiful son; the chance to learn a new job.

 From the learning rooms…… Praise the Lord in all circumstances, even if you don’t feel like it. (this is a repeat from the last daybook I wrote but it’s ongoing and it works)

From the kitchen…… Toasted cheese sandwich for lunch (it’s only me at home today) and lovely hot cup of coffee…. the last daybook I wrote mentioned iced coffees, lol.

 I am wearing…… black skirt; long sleeved beige/tan  fine knitted top & comfy slippers.

I am creating…… a new range of pin cushion designs.

I am going…… possibly nowhere today but if I’m up to it later I’ll visit an op shop.

I am hoping…… I get lots done today.

I am hearing…… the humming of the fridge; the light rain falling; the click of the cutter as our neighbour prunes the Bay Leaf tree.

Around the house…… carpet will get vacummed today; the never ending ironing tower needs to be tackled.

One of my favourite things…… enjoying a well made hot cappuccino & chocolate dessert at a favourite cafe, in the company of a good friend.

 A few plans for the rest of the week:…. Finish off some paperwork; attend class on Wed; physio appointment; do a bit more cleaning/tidying around the house; plan a few blog posts.

Here is a picture thought I am sharing…


… my birthday coffee – cafe by the sea.


 If you would like to join in, please visit Peggy, who hosts The Simple Woman’s Daybook, and also check out other Daybook entries.

Feb 072010

On the first anniversary of the Black Saturday bushfires, we solemnly remember the devastation caused by the fires around our State of Victoria.


We remember those who died, families who lost everything, the injured, the firefighters, the volunteers & all those affected. When a disaster like this one rears it’s ugly being it does affect the whole nation. ….. it’s almost unbelievable that something like this could happen.

Ferocious, wild, incomprhensible were some of the the words used to describe this event which is marked down as one of the worst fire in Australia’s history. The State recorded over 400 individual fires; Temperatures reached 45C; 173 live were lost; 414 people injured; 2029 homes were destroyed; the total loss of animal life is unknown…. the list is long.

So many have been profoundly affected, yet in the midst of a disaster something happens to humanity – we become ‘human’. We open our hearts and reach out to those in need. Many will actually forget themselves so that they can give of their time & energy to help all those affected; People will gather together to pray; and many will open their own homes to the needy.

Articles of Interest

The Black Day That Won’t Go Away

How Kindness and Hope Rose from the Ashes of Disaster

Wear a Yellow Ribbon and remember.

Australia Red Cross Bushfire Appeal

The Horror – Photos

The Heroes – Photos

More Videos

Today, we remember & pray for so many – Thank you dear Lord that you will comfort, heal, help, encourage and bless them all.