Back into lockdown
It doesn’t seem that long ago that I was writing about being sent back into lockdown, and here we are in the same position once again. Hopefully, it will be a short circuit breaker to support the contact tracing staff to feel confident that they have tracked and managed all of the exposures. Please refer to my letter dated 15 July for details regarding the operation of the next three school days. Thanks to all for the agility that makes this community so responsive.
Mary Aikenhead Feast Day – 22 July
This coming week we celebrate the Feast of Mary Aikenhead, a woman inspired by God to live an extensively useful life in the service of others, especially the poor and the marginalised. Not only is her own personal mission an example of the life we are called to lead in the footsteps of Jesus, her leadership qualities are a testament to her commitment to partnership, innovation, trust in divine providence, and hope in the spirit of endeavour and endurance. As a privileged young woman who made a deliberate and conscious decision to live a humble and simple life, devoid of the trappings of wealth, there is much we can learn from her life of devotion and service.
The latest Mary Aikenhead Ministries newsletter, Journeys, describes the renewed focus for the canonisation of Mary Aikenhead. I include the excerpt from the newsletter and the daily prayer for the beatification of Venerable Mary Aikenhead:
Bringing Venerable Mary Aikenhead to the World: The “Cause”
Renewed energy and prayer are needed for the canonisation of Venerable Mary Aikenhead. We, of course, know and believe that Mary Aikenhead is a saint. However, there are official Vatican processes to be followed to have her declared a saint for the universal Church. The canonisation process is lengthy and difficult. We refer to this process as the “Cause”. The Cause passes through four stages: Servant of God; Venerable; Blessed and finally Saint.
Mary Aikenhead was declared Venerable by Pope Francis on March 18, 2015. It was a day of great rejoicing for those who had worked so hard for many years to have her Cause passed through the Vatican office referred to as the Congregation for the Causes of the Saints. Sr Josephine McDonald RSC, now deceased, had worked assiduously for years as Vice-Postulator, to bring about this wonderful occasion.
Many throughout the world are now working diligently to have Mary Aikenhead declared Blessed. There is a network of Cause Contact sisters in Australia, England, Scotland, Ireland, Zambia, Nigeria, Malawi and the United States. I am the Cause Contact sister for Australia and I meet regularly via zoom with the other sisters.
To assist this process, we can encourage more favours to be granted through the intercession of Venerable Mary Aikenhead. Requests or favours granted can be communicated to myself via email: email@example.com. Prayer cards are also available through this email.
Let us have this great and holy woman whose name we honour in our ministries declared Blessed. Let us also celebrate her life as each March 18th comes around.
Elizabeth Dodds rsc
Sisters of Charity of Australia