A Woman With A Heart For Mission

From the Pen of Mary: Seek first the poorest and most neglected parts of God’s vineyard. 1900


The spirit of God is upon me, because God has anointed me to bring good news to the poor. Luke 4:18


Mary MacKillop was devoted to the service of the poor. Her love for poor children knew no bounds. She established a Catholic school system for children who were isolated and in poor circumstances. She had a practical love for those who were poor and destitute setting up orphanages, refuges for the sick and elderly and visited those who were in prison. She welcomed those experiencing difficult situations and provided opportunities for those who were most vulnerable in the society of her time.

Story from the Life of Mary MacKillop:

Mary MacKillop had driven some miles in a snow storm, but her first wish was to visit the school. There was a poor little bare-footed and ragged boy standing in the class. Mary went straight to him, and putting her arms around him kissed him saying. ‘Ah Sister these are the children I love.’

Pause for Reflection:

In what way is God calling me to bring good news to those who are poor?


God of love your heart reaches out to those who are poor in our world. Open our eyes and ears to hear the cries of your people bound down by the injustices of this world. May we like Mary MacKillop respond in word and action to the struggling peoples of our world. St Mary of the Cross, serving the neglected ones, pray for us.


Today reach out to someone in your neighbourhood who is in need.