"Looking to how we might creatively respond to need, Mary Mackillop, a great pioneer of social services in Australia comes to mind as her canonisation clicked over ten years last week. Sr Joan Healy, life member of Catholic Social Services Victoria, in an oration at the first anniversary of Mary’s canonisation asked 'How can the spirit of Mary be earthed in this time?' She emphasised the need to embrace Mary’s attitude of 'not being fearful' and adopt a conviction of 'letting go' to bring about change. Sr Joan urged a consciousness of the precious tradition that is held by Catholic social services, since 'the Gospel is radical'. These are words for our time, too — we need a radical, creative and cooperative response if we want our agencies to adequately respond and bring about a fair and just society. Read more in the October eNewsletter, here.