St Mary MacKillop’s Example.
This year (2020), Australia will celebrate the tenth anniversay of the canonisation of St Mary MacKillop. Let us reflect on Mary MacKillop’s characteristics and the features of her courageous life that gave her sainthood.
“Holiness, the heart of canonisation, consists in doing the will of God. That is why in those last years of paralysis in her wheelchair Mary was far from being a ‘retired saint’. She was a saint at her very best, because she was doing the will of God in most trying circumstances. It is not achievement that makes saints, it is holiness.” Paul Gardiner SJ 2010.
- Mary endured many trials during her life. Take time to name for yourself what you believe enabled her to rise above these obstacles;
- What do you see as Mary’s saintly qualities that gave recognition to her as a saintly woman whom we recognize as a great example throughout the nation and indeed the world?
- How does Mary MacKillop’s example help us to endure the obstacles in our daily life?
Spend some time in quietness and prayer thanking God for your own and for God’s incredible care.
Michele Shipperley rsj