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.

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.


Aug 102009

On Saturday 8th August, Australia celebrated the anniversary of Blessed Mary Mackillop’s death. Mary is our First Australian Saint. She Co-founded Sisters of St Joseph of the Sacred Heart 1866.
8th August 1909
19th January 1995

Here is an article published by the Australian Catholic Leader  titled Mary Mackillop – True Australian Hero, that you may like to read.

More details of her story is available at the Sisters of St Joseph web site.

Some of Mary’s quotes –

Try always to be generous with God – 1882

Be calm and full of hope – 1881

There where you are you will find God – 1871

God gives me strength for what is necessary – 1907

God’s love is too deep for words to express – 1870

Many things that seemed unaccountable worries have proved indeed to be hidden blessings – 1870

Oct 082008

Blessed Mary MacKillop, known as Mother Mary of the Cross; born in melbourne in 1842; co-founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of the Sacred Heart with Father Julian.

“Remember we are but travellers here.” (1866)
“We must teach more by example than by word.” (1867)
“Do all you can with the means at your disposal and calmly leave the rest to God.” (1891)
“Courage, courage, trust in God who helps you in all things”
“We feel our crosses hard at times, but our courage should rise with them.” (1882)
“Let God’s Spirit guide you in your choice.” (1898)

Mary’s motto for life was –

“Never see a need without doing something about it”

Blessed Mary MacKillop (1842 -1909)

“God gives me strength for what is necessary”

Blessed Mary MacKillop, witness to the young and the distant – pray for us.