An Australian! A saint for the universal Church! From her earliest years Mary MacKillop had learnt from her grand parents and parents that ‘God will take care of us all’. This deep trust in God’s loving care became foundational to her spirituality.
Her life as a pioneer Australian Christian provides for us today a model for living our baptismal call. Her spirituality, which found expression in her heroic devotedness to her ‘good God’ and to the needy, is the subject of this book and is explored through her writings from 1860 to 1874.
Mary’s response to God’s grace enabled her to live by the will of God, to trust in the providence of a ‘good God’ and allow the cross to transform her life. Mary asks us, as she did her mother in September 1870, ‘do you try now in real earnest to be a saint?’