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Have Patience - with Ourselves and Others

June 06, 2016

Mary MacKillop understood human frailty.  So does Pope Francis! Both of them have a similar message for us as we journey deeper into this Year of Mercy. 

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.

As a young woman, Mary MacKillop wrote to her Sisters:

Have patience with yourselves
when you see that you have failed—
and patience with others
when they seem to have done so ... 

Mary MacKillop - February 16, 1874 

Pope Francis has said to the world:

‘ … Have you thought about God's patience,
the patience God has with each one of us?
That is God’s mercy. God always has patience, patience with us.
God understands us, and waits for us …'

March 17, 2013


Visio Divina...

Spend a few minutes: gaze at the above image ... ponder these words of Mary and Francis.  

Then reflect:

  • What might God be whispering to your heart at this moment as you journey further into this Year of Mercy?
  • What might you whisper back to God?

Image and Reflection: Mary Ryan rsj, CentreWest Region