Today is both the 181st birthday of Australia’s only Saint, Mary McKillop, and the 94th birthday of America’s cultural hero, Martin Luther King Jr.
3 years ago today I wrote this about them here.
I see echoes of the greatness of both these figures in the “Women. Life. Freedom.” movement which is opposing murderous tyranny now.
Geoff Fox, 15th January, 2023, Down Under
The famous Martin Luther King, who was born on 15th January, 1929, wrote from prison: “Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.”
As Australia is burning down, justice here seems impossible to me. A few dozen people are dead – and a billion animals. Nothing seems fair in the land of the alleged “fair go”.
Mary MacKillop, Saint Mary Of The Cross, was also born on this date in 1842.
She helped establish the Josephite order where women renounced independence, worldly knowledge and property to embrace poverty, chasity and obedience.
This commitment allowed the order to establish countless schools for the poor across Australia. That was a very different time.
As I live with almost no income and face the real possibility of poverty and homelessness at the age 0f 62, I am in awe of Mary MacKillop and Martin Luther King.
Geoff Fox, 15th January 2020, Terra Nullius.