Remembering Catherine McAuley on Good Friday
By Sister Mary Sullivan
She believed that the purpose of the Sisters of Mercy is to “unite their hearts perfectly to God by dying to themselves…so as to apply all the powers and faculties of their souls to the service ” of Jesus Christ, for “this Institute is in a special manner founded on Calvary, there to serve a crucified Redeemer” (Rule II, 6.2).
She realized that sometimes “we seem to forget that God calls upon us to take up our cross, and that this cross must be composed of something.” However, “this self denial” is not “to make us gloomy, sad, or peevish….for it is to those who deny themselves” that Jesus “has declared ‘his yoke is sweet and his burden light’ ” (Practical Sayings, 14).
Today may each of us, in our own way, share something of Catherine’s understanding as we bow before the Cross of Christ.
Sister Mary has written a book about the life of Catherine McAuley, foundress of the Sisters of Mercy: The Path of Mercy: The Life of Catherine McAuley.