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How Can WE Help the Weak to Grow Strong?

September 08, 2016

Exactly 100 years ago, Mary MacKillop could write from her own personal experience of God's love and mercy - shown to her by others who had supported her in times of weakness and vulnerability. 

In our own time, Pope Francis shares his own understanding of God's love, mercy and patience - and God's dream that we will grow in confidence and hope.

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 which helps the viewer to experience God in a unique and powerful way.



God loves those best who help the weak to become whole ...

Mary MacKillop. September, 1906




… God is always waiting for us.  God never grows tired.  Jesus shows us this merciful patience of God so that we can regain confidence and hope —always!

Pope Francis, April, 2013


Spend a few minutes with this image, and these words of Mary and Francis ...

Then ponder:

  • 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

Believe the whisperings of God to your own heart

Mary MacKillop, 1867

Image and reflection: Mary Ryan rsj, CentreWest Region