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Mary MacKillop and Pope Francis both 'on the same page'

May 06, 2016

Mary MacKillop continually urged her Sisters to be compassionate... to show mercy to others. In this Year of Mercy, Pope Francis is repeatedly sending us the same message...

You are invited to ponder their words, and the image below, using the Visio Divina method of praying.

Latin for 'divine seeing', Visio Divina is a prayerful consideration of and interaction with a photograph, icon, piece of art, or other visual representation allows the viewer to experience God in a unique and powerful way.

Let us show love in our acts, bearing with one another, forgiving and forgettingMary MacKillop - December 12, 1890

 Visio Divina ...

Spend a few minutes with this image, and these words of Mary MacKillop’s. Then ponder:

  • What feelings or memories do the words and image evoke in you?
  • How do Mary’s words speak to you… challenge you?
  • What difference could this make in your life and relationships?

Pope Francis has written recently:

I think we too are the people who, on the one hand, want to listen to Jesus, but on the other hand, at times, like to find a stick to beat others with, to condemn others. And Jesus has this message for us: mercy...

As you journey further into this Year of Mercy: what might God be whispering to your heart at ths moment?

  • Spend a few minutes in silent reflection, listening for God’s whispers.
  • You may wish to record your insight/s and reflections in your journal.

Image and Visio Divina reflection: Mary Ryan rsj, CentreWest Region