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)
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 MacKillop gave birth to eight children. Three she gave to God in the priesthood and religious life. She mourned five who were lost before they turned thirty, one while still a baby. No stranger to sorrows, Flora’s life ended suddenly in the notorious wreck of the Ly-ee-moon off the coast of Eden, on the […]
A mother’s love is epitomized by sacrifice, self-giving, nurturing, shaping and supporting. Mothers rejoice in the creation of a child and enjoy the happiness of family life. Flora MacKillop was an exceptional mother to her children, despite shouldering many of the burdens of the family alone.
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 […]
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 […]