Her Inspiration

A woman stands as her Son is executed. She has seen him condemned, deserted by most of his friends. She knows she is unable to change this reality, she cannot take away his suffering but she would not have him die alone. She stands in silent compassion that he may know he is not alone.

But there are others hanging on crosses on Calvary that day. Criminals condemned to the same death as Jesus. Mary Potter thought it only natural that the reality of her own suffering as she watched her Son would open Mary to an awareness of that same isolation and fear in those others. Unable to express her compassion but the touch of her hand, Mary would reach out from her heart.

She stands also in solidarity with his friends, united in sorrow. She understands their feelings of loss and confusion and accepts her role to care for them, given by her Son.

The Sisters of the Little Company of Mary are to “be for others as Mary was for her Son on Calvary.

For Mary Potter, relationship with God was not something that was to be kept to oneself. Rather, the nature of that relationship demanded concrete action. And it was a particular kind of action. To know oneself as deeply loved by God had only one outcome: a desire to share that sense of “being loved” with all but particularly, those who were dying. Mary Potter knew well the utter isolation and fear that can accompany the moments of sickness and as death approaches. Her desire was that the Sisters would reach out in prayer and person, and be the compassionate presence that could make a difference. Theirs is a spirit of compassionate solidarity, faith-filled risk-taking and maternal care.