“Mary MacKillop has an incredible legacy in many if not all of our Queensland Catholic Schools, especially those founded by the “Joeys” or Sisters of St Joseph. It is a pleasure to read from ‘The Little Brown Book’ to find golden insights into Christian living and integrate her messages into school retreats and concerts.” Donna
“See the hand of God in all that happens” Mary MacKillop – 1871
Mary MacKillop is in the company of all the great mystics here. It’s very human to kid ourselves that, if we flee the pressures that weigh us down, then touching the face of God would be possible.
We yearn for somewhere quiet and peaceful, but if God is truly God, then the Divine Presence is always with us.
Yet we keep wanting to look in other places. We can be unaware of the sacredness of where we are. We overlook the need to go inside ourselves, to seek the God within.
We wait for God to come to us, but, as Mary points out, God is always with us. It’s all about growing in awareness of this.
See the hand of God in all that happens – hard as that may sometimes be!
In God we live and move and have our being. (Acts 17:28)
“Find happiness in making others happy!” Mary MacKillop 1899
Happiness is very much an inside job, but we depend so much on each other for happiness, especially in marriage, both as givers and receivers. I can forget the indisputable fact that no one, no institution, no marriage, is perfect.
“Remember on this earth that no one is perfect!” Mary MacKillop 1889
Mary found her happiness in making others happy. Jesus had the same approach. It does mean living with imperfection – in ourselves and others.
“Reject no one… Judge not…” Mary MacKillop 1867 and 1869
It also means not giving in to self-pity when life seems hard. At these times Mary would say:
“The Cross may press heavily but you can be happy for all this.” Mary MacKillop 1890
“I want to know Christ.” (Philippians 3:11)