Mary MacKillop, an Example of Compassion

More than ever the poor of this world, as well as the rich and famous, suffer from a hunger of some kind.   The words and actions of Jesus, often accompanied by miraculous results, are signposts for our Christian lives.  The recent biblical reading of the story of the raising of the daughter of Jairus opens up a deeply human Jesus who tells the family to give her something to eat. (Luke 8: 55)

To Love Like Mary MacKillop, Love the Poor

Mary MacKillop, a strong woman of deep compassion, had a real love for the poor. Her love of God led her to reach out to the most deprived and despised in the colony in her time. Joan Healy rsj wonderfully describes this phenomenon: God’s Spirit wove the threads of her circumstances into a spiritual fabric […]

Flora – A Woman of Faith

Flora MacKillop (née MacDonald) was born in The Ben Nevis (Hotel) in Fort William in the Scottish Highlands in 1816. At the time her father Donald was the proprietor. She was the only girl with two brothers, Alexander and Donald. The family migrated to Melbourne in 1840 with their mother Catherine, while their father came […]

Reflection on Mary MacKillop

Strong women are rising up and making their voices heard in the workplace, in society and in the home. The Australian of the Year, Grace Tame at a recent march for justice, implored women to be united in stamping out patriarchy. She boldly reminded us that allowing to let fear stop us from doing anything […]