Today is the one hundredth anniversary of the death of Blessed Mary MacKillop of Australia and it is also her feast day.
She was a much misunderstood woman who suffered greatly at the hands of the clergy particularly the bishops. Blessed Mary MacKillop was unjustly accused of so much, for example, each month she suffered great pain for a couple of days and had to stay in bed on these occasions. There were no suitable pain killers in those days, so the doctor suggested that she take a tablespoon of brandy to dull the pain. Another nun even measured it out and administered it to her. Despite this she was accused of being an alcoholic! She was pronounced “excommunicated” by a bishop when she was just asking for a clarification of his words. This was actually an invalid action on the part of the bishop and was fixed up when he was dying. There is heaps to say about Blessed Mary MacKillop and I can also relate some great stories about her intercession. Do yourself a favour and read the story of her life.