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

Jul 302009

A tiny article in today’s Herald Sun newspaper (Thurs 30th July 09) talks about the possible extinction of the Royal Flying Doctor Service. How can this be? According to the article the service is one step away from disappearing althogether.

The Victorian State Government did not renew the contract to run air ambulances in Victoria with RFDS. Instead they awarded it to Pel-Air which is majority-owned by an overseas company. This same company is also trying for the NSW contract. If they succeed it will spell the end of the RFDS. I can’t believe this is happening. What’s wrong with our politicians? They’re not content with destroying lives but seem hell bent on destroying anything worthwhile.

According to the Herald Sun web site  “The Premier said Qantas ran the service before the Royal Flying Doctor Service and the decision was based on money”.

Ahh! Of course it would have something to do with Money. We’ll pay less to a company whose profits will fly across the ocean and in turn endanger the existance of this amazing service established by the hard work and planning of John Flynn. The RFDS is a non profit organisation which relies on donations and sponsorships to keep it operating – a service which is available to anyone, anywhere in Australia for free. But it seems this is of no concern to the Brumby Governement.

Founder of the RFDS the Reverend John Flynn worked tirelessly for his dream to come to become a reality. I hope and pray it will not come to an end.

Royal Flying Doctor Service


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.