Feb 072016

Never see a need without doing something www.precioustreasures.com.au

Never see a need without doing something about it. Mary MacKillop, 1871.

I have been pondering a few quotes from two women with beautiful hearts, who were doers and respected dignity for all. For me, the above quote is a favoured and inspiring one from St. Mary MacKillop. It’s a short and simple sentence and yet it says so much. How quick can we be to judge and criticise people for anything at all? How often would we stop to think about whether those we’re criticising are in some kind of need?

There’s a story of Mary MacKillop, seeing a woman sitting in the gutter went and sat with her. A companion of Mary MacKillop had assumed the woman was drunk but Mary sat in the gutter with the her and discovered that the woman needed help as she was ill. Mary then helped her to a chemist where she could get assistance.

Anything that Mary did she did because she also believed that

God gives me strength for what is necessary.

Here are some beautiful words from another doer – Mother Teresa tells us,

  • God doesn’t require us to succeed, he only requires that you try.
  • Never worry about numbers. Help one person at a time and always start with the person nearest you.
  • If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.
  • Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.

I love the above quotes from Mother Teresa. We may not be able to help everyone at all times but even doing the smallest thing could be the greatest thing we do for someone. It could become quite contagious once we begin.


More information on the great Aussie battler and overcomer Mary MacKillop can be found here.

More information on the merciful and compassionate Mother Teresa can be found here.

Feb 032016

Bloom where you are planted.

You are where you are for a reason; and if you did not choose to be there or were not meant to be there try to see it as a sidetrack to where you’re meant to be – an added experience, a learning of something new in your life, the dawning of an idea or piece of knowledge you never held before, or an opportunity to share your gifts – to help, assist, learn. Wherever we are at any given point in time strive to be the best you can – as a person at work, home or with family, friends, neighbours, acquaintances and strangers.

Bloom where you are planted – it will be for the benefit of many … and also for you. For wherever you are becomes a step towards where you’re meant to be.

Truly charity has no limit; for the love of God has been poured into our hearts by His Spirit dwelling in each one of us, calling us to a life of devotion and inviting us to bloom in the garden where He has planted and directing us to radiate the beauty and spread the fragrance of His Providence.

St. Francis de Sales

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.


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.