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Wise Words

Wise Words features some of the thought-provoking, prayerful and inspirational sayings of the founders of Australia’s Catholic Religious Institutes.

Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:10

St Magdalen of Canossa

St Magdalen of Canossa"Big hearts, big hearts: let us imitate that generous heart that on Calvary offered the life of her Son for the whole world.”

St Magdalen of Canossa, foundress of the Canossian Daughters of Charity.

Tuesday, 01 November 2011 16:07

Mary Aikenhead

Mary Aikenhead, founder of the Sisters of Charity"This has never been done before – that is no reason why it should not be done now." Mary Aikenhead, foundress of the Sisters of Charity.

Thursday, 20 October 2011 16:48

St Mary Euphrasia

St Mary Euphrasia Pelletier"Never forget that you will win hearts only by love." St Mary Euphrasia, founder of the Good Shepherd Sisters.

Wednesday, 12 October 2011 15:06

St Angela Merici

St Angela Merici"You will achieve more with kindness and gentleness than with harshness and sharp rebukes." St Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline Sisters.

Wednesday, 05 October 2011 17:12

St Madeleine Sophie Barat

St Madeleine Sophie BaratCreate a desert and silence in your soul.  The Lord is near; listen to God’s voice.

St Madeleine Sophie Barat, foundress of the Sisters of the Society of the Sacred Heart

Thursday, 29 September 2011 13:19

Marie Madeleine d' Houet

"Life is short; let us make good use of the time we have on earth."

Marie Madeleine d' Huet, foundress of the Faithful Companions of Jesus (FCJ) Sisters

Tuesday, 20 September 2011 10:26


"For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me." Matthew 25:35-36

Monday, 05 September 2011 14:06

St Mary MacKillop

"Believe in the whisperings of God to your own heart."

St Mary MacKillop, co-founder of the Sisters of St Joseph with Father Julian Tenison Woods.

Monday, 27 June 2011 18:51

Catherine McAuley

Prayer will do more towards [our difficulties] than all the money in the Bank of Ireland!

Catherine McAuley founded the Sisters of Mercy in Ireland in 1831.

Monday, 27 June 2011 18:49

Bishop Daniel Delany

Bishop Daniel Delany“From every seed sown and cultivated by pure love we shall be sure to reap a harvest of endless glory.”

Bishop Daniel Delany, Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin in Ireland, founded the Brigidine Sisters in 1807.

Monday, 27 June 2011 18:41

Saint Ignatius of Loyola

"Love is shown more in deeds than in words."

Saint Ignatius of Loyola was the principal founder and first Superior General of the Society of Jesus. He formed the Jesuits in 1539.

Monday, 27 June 2011 18:39

Blessed Mary MacKillop

“Never see a need without doing something about it.”

Blessed Mary MacKillop was the Australian-born co-founder of the Sisters of the St Joseph of the Sacred Heart with Father Julian Tenison Woods.

Monday, 27 June 2011 18:33

St Vincent Pallotti

St Vincent Pallotti“It is love that brings Jesus to wherever there is want and need.”

St Vincent Pallotti, founder of the Pallottiine Fathers