My journey to witness the canonisation of Australia's first saint...
Tuesday, January 18, 2011
Mary achieved so much with so little - with her God by her side
Pilgrimage reflection by
For me the pilgrim walk in the ‘footsteps of Mary’ was very special.Listening to Sr Rita relay the thoughts and feelings of Mary as she arrived in Rome and faced the daily challenges of moving around a foreign city at a time of great tension between Church and Government.
Here was a woman, religious, alone in a foreign country in 1873, not knowing a soul, often suffering ill health, determined to secure the Order with the protection of the Holy See.
Her courage and determination, her trust in God is what I will carry with me always.As we travelled around Rome (in an air conditioned bus with a tour guide) visiting many wonderful Cathedrals, Basilicas, the ‘best’ gelati shops and the odd souvenir shop it became more real and amazing that such a wonderful lady achieved so much with so little - with her God by her side.