Doing Impossible Things For God This Saturday is the feast of Mother Mary of the Cross; time to reflect on doing the impossible for God. How often have you thought of your responsibilities and thought to yourself, “there is no way I am going to be able to do this!” Perhaps it is raising your kids for Heaven, sticking at marriage or even just getting through the day. With God on our side, anything is possible.

Mary MacKillop is an example of a woman doing the impossible for God. Imagine an 18 year old woman opening a bush school in a bark hut in Penola going on to be Australia’s first saint. Certainly Mary was known across Australia by her death in 1909 as the founder of the Sisters of Saint Joseph but was that the end of her work on earth? Mary is an example of someone who had a brief stay on earth but continues her tireless work from Heaven. Like Saint Therese, who promised to spend her heaven sending bouquets of roses and doing good on earth, so does Mary. Mary MacKillop’s earthly work was done in 1909 but after her death she has become Australia’s first saint and patron of many good (and often seemingly impossible) works. God has blessed the work of Mary MacKillop and still uses her influence on the country she sought so hard to convert.

Saint Hosea Maria Escriva often had many spiritual children coming to him for spiritual direction. He would counsel his children not to give up but to persevere. “When I ask something of you my daughter, don’t tell me it is impossible, because I know that already, since I began the Work, our Lord has asked me to do many impossible things…and they’ve become a reality!” (P. Belgar, Opus Dei – Life and work of the founder). As Saint Hosea Maria sought nothing other than to do God’s Will, he relied on him for everything, so must we; even though we may seem to labour in vain, we are never alone.

Life is really a tapestry in the making. We are working it also from the wrong side. The day to day problems of life are the knots and tangles in the thread. The carefully worked stitches our daily toil. The broken thread, the times we go astray, but the fresh stitches that follow this are all our new beginnings. The dark shadows in our work are the big trials we all must go through and the colours and features are the highlights of our life. These highlights are all the more beautiful as they are framed with shadow. We don’t see the tapestry until the end but every so often we can look back and see that there is some beauty there. Perhaps like Mary MacKillop, one day the tapestry of our life will be held up as an inspiration to others.

Pray through the intercession of Mary MacKillop that like her we will be able to carry the crosses that come our way and like her, “Never see a need without doing something about it!”