Blessed Mary MacKillop, Australia’s first and only
Blessed Mary of the Cross, in your many charitable endeavours you endured poverty, calumny, unreasonable opposition, and misunderstanding of your motives by some in your community and in ecclesiastic office.
You endured lifelong medical difficulties, culminating in strokes. None of these trials, although they caused you sorrow, prevented you from charitable works and numerous kindnesses to everyone around you, even to those who opposed you.
Mary, you witnessed that ordinary human sufferings and difficulties are experienced by the saintly amongst us. Let your experience inspire you to pray for our country and family to be truly Christian. Mary, pray that we bear our crosses as you did.
Blessed Mary, you received this affectionate prophecy from your brother Donald not long before your death: “Oh when Heaven will come, dear Mary, what a reward may be yours! And this is little, how for all eternity you may be able to pay back with His choice gifts the love that has been showered, in crosses be it, upon you in time. I have never wished to see you without the cross—and you will never be without it—no, not in eternity, but then it will be your joy and your crown, the constant reminder of all you were to your King and spouse, the Master of all the hosts of Heaven.”
Mary is also related to me by blood and by family marriage.