Sunday will shine with a star.
At the Vatican, someone from Austrailia, who has done a world of good among the poor will be honored in an ancient ceremony that declares this nun saintly, holy, special, and, more.
Mary MacKillop, will be named the first Catholic saint down under by Pope Benedict.
Word is that Austrailia is buzzing with the thrill of it all. Even a website that was dedicated to MacKillop crashed under the weight of the traffic.
A largely Catholic country, immigration is counting hikes, however, among Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists.
Pilgrims will flock to Rome for the event. That keeps the church going, I'm sure, in part.
The bigger part that keeps the church afloat, it seems, are other countless women, like my own mother, who are the backbone of the church, despite all appearances of leaders.
Behind the scenes, and out of the eye of media, my mom raises seven children with a couple sets of twin. With my dad, mom received the news of the death of their son, Lukas, in Vietnam.
There were both sad and glad times at home for my dear mom and dad.
They did what they had to do to see us through and raise us.
Like so many others, they are saints supreme!
And, for ordinary women and men of mainstreet, I am most grateful. They show me how
to be in our culture today, and, how to make a difference.
Long live the saints, including the newest "offical" one!