Posts Tagged ‘Mary MacKillop’

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The Modern Saint – we can connect to their narrative

16 October 2010

Divine intervention in a modern world

Sydney Morning Herald
Jacqueline Maley
16 October 2010

Mary MacKillop has broken beyond the veil of religion, writes Jacqueline Maley.

Mary MacKillop never slayed a dragon. She never led the French into battle and she didn’t drive any snakes from any islands.She was a school teacher who suffered debilitating period pain and died, overweight and sickly, in a cottage in North Sydney, having done many good works. Mary’s ”normalness” endears her to Australians but it also heightens the contrast between the mediaeval version of sainthood – full of martyrdoms, stigmata and heroics in battle – and its modern incarnation.

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The two sides of Mother Mary

18 December 2009
Sydney Morning Herald
LINDA MORRIS
December 18, 2009

Angelic in pose, Mary MacKillop was also a battle-hardened streetfighter of the finest political traditions, giving as good as the church hierarchy threw at her, reports Linda Morris.

The black and white portrait of Mary Mac-Killop returns the gaze of the camera, penetrating eyes framed by full nun’s habit.

Encapsulated in that one frame, hung in the MacKillop chapel in North Sydney and printed on prayer cards distributed in their hundreds of thousands to her devoted public, are all the characteristics of a future saint: humbleness, patience, virtue and compassion.

Yet there is another image of Mary MacKillop emerging on the eve of the Vatican’s momentous decision as early as tomorrow to decree a second miracle through her intercession. This is the last step before canonisation, which should happen next year, making MacKillop Australia’s first saint.

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