The Word Among Us

October 2010 Issue

Mary MacKillop’s Rocky Road to Holiness

Australia’s first saint was no shrinking violet.

By: Patricia Treece

Mary MacKillop’s Rocky Road to Holiness: Australia’s first saint was no shrinking violet. by Patricia Treece

Good mothers generally produce good people. But Australian Mary MacKillop (1842-1909) went beyond the very real goodness of her siblings to sanctity.

She said once to her mother: “I learned everything from you.” Beyond that single statement, Mary’s heroic virtue and deep...

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