October 22, 2000
No virtue is perfect without prudence.
For Catherine, holiness was bound up with the works of mercy.
Catherine told us “…not only to obey the will of God, but to love it with our whole heart."
Close to God, all is peace and contentment.
Of the sisters in the Crimea it was recorded that ‘they did more than medicine’. To do more than medicine is still a challenge.
Compassion….the flame of mercy. Compassion enkindles the flame of mercy.
What advantage are works to God? But our working hearts He longs for, and He vouchsafes to plead for them with touching earnestness.
There is nothing of greater importance than the perfect discharge of our ordinary duties.
Prayer will do more towards [our difficulties] than all the money in the Bank of Ireland!
Your love calls to us…in every pebble, rock and hill - to sing of your mercy and justice.
Catherine was an ardent peace-maker – an ecumenical person in a period of bigotry.
As we break the bread of our lives, we touch the World.
If we are faithful to prayer, each moment can be a great adventure in our journey to God
The rescue of a newborn infant during the epidemic is an example of Catherine’s response in love to a perceived need.
Mercy responds always to the cutting edge of human misery.
Let us pray well and never grow weary.
Catherine was a great enemy of that spirit of sadness and discontent which destroys true devotion.