Spirituality of Mary Ward

We have as our inspiration and inheritance the Charism of Mary Ward. At the heart of her spirituality was her relationship with the divine. Like Jesus she desired to be in tune with God through prayer and reflection on daily life experiences.

Her life thus called for Freedom —

  • From all earthly things (use, not abuse of creation)
  • For application to good works (in the service of others)
  • To refer all to God (tuned in to God)

Which made her work for Justice — Justice meant having a right relationship with God, with people, with the environment and with the whole of creation. And, thus, a call for Sincerity and Truth “being such as we appear and appearing such as we are” ( M.W.) Mary Ward believed that each person has a responsibility to seek for truth. A life of integrity is one of sincerity, without masks or pretence. She sought to be a woman of freedom, justice, sincerity, truth and joy, she reflected this in her daily life experiences.

For Mary Ward, the ordinary way of doing things, was viewed as the place where God works. God’s desire for us is revealed in the deepest longing of our hearts. We can see that, God always was the centre of her life and the desire to find and do God’s will was her constant focus.

"I will give him what I have. And all I need I will find in Him” M.W