As you all know today is the first official feast day of our Saint Mary of the Cross MacKillop. We all recall the excitement of the canonisation in Rome a year ago. I was fortunate enough to be there and experience the unique blessing of the moment when the world recognised an Australian as a saint. Over the past year there has been much talk and excitement about Mary and who she really was. People have been interceding and saying we will do novenas to Mary for all sorts of people who are sick. Have they been answered?
You tell me? My question today is, what has Mary meant for you in these past 12 months? What has changed in your life because of Mary? I know some things have changed in my life. When I see the icon of Mary in St Christopher’s Cathedral in Canberra my spirit soars and I have a real connection to this woman, who walked on Australian soil.
I know many people who have told me they go into the Cathedral and talk to Mary as I do. She had a real connection with the poor, the sick, the orphans; she wanted to make a difference in people's lives and to lift them up from the lowly status they were in so they could be the people God wanted them to be.
So, again, what has Mary meant to you in the past year?
Please write a comment and tell me, so we can inspire other women to tell their stories. That is what Mary of the Cross would want.