The sisters of the Little Company of Mary of the Irish Province welcome you to these pages.
As members of an international community of religious sisters, we are part of a wide network of women working for the betterment of humanity.
We are committed to making visible the healing presence of Jesus in the midst of human suffering through prayer, compassion and solidarity.
Sometimes I can feel ‘down’ for no logical reason, or for a very small one, as for instance when I lost a set of keys last week. I felt thoroughly annoyed with myself and generally useless in a futile kind of way. I kept out of other people’s way sensing that I would do no-one any good in that mood. Frustrated and rummaging around I came on a cutting from Ronald Rolheiser’s column which I had saved: Give yourself permission to be inadequate!
On calming down, a bit of reflection suggested where the lost keys might be, and so I found them. I had got all irritated for nothing. Rolheiser’s advice for the New Year is salutary at any time. He continues: “Both God and nature give you permission not to be perfect. Don’t be too hard on yourself and especially, on others. Everyone falls short. God doesn’t keep you from falling and failing, but redeems you when you do fall. You’re loved as you are. Fear not, you are inadequate!”
('The Irish Catholic', 27 December 2012)
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Founded in England in 1877, by Venerable Mary Potter, the first Irish community of the Little Company of Mary was formed in 1888 with the opening of St. John's Hospital in Limerick.
From the first beginnings of the Little Company of Mary, Irish women committed themselves to the vision of the founder, and have sought to create a world in which every human person - and particularly those who are dying - receive the care and love they need to become whole in body, mind and spirit...
-Constitutions No. 56-