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3. Mary Rice
People know you are woman of worth. Ruth 3:11
“Edmund’s daughter was born in heartbreaking circumstances. A young widower, Edmund with the help of his stepsister Joan, now cared for and loved his growing daughter. His love for her was enduring and he ensured she was well cared for. She lived in Callan until she was seventy years old.”
Working from his brokenness Edmund’s priorities change. Alleviation of the misery of others becomes his primary concern. Loving his daughter Mary, Edmund’s gentle, fatherly love moulds into Christ’s compassion in which he saw God’s image in everyone, especially the young in need.
Edmund’s left hand caresses the head of a child. There is gentleness, love and fatherliness in the caress. The child is his handicapped daughter, Mary Rice, the broken reed (whom Christ promised not to crush), and he draws her close to him.
What mysterious part she may have played in directing the course of her father’s life, and in unfolding the divine plan, is beyond human wisdom to gauge, but here she is a central figure in the symbolic treatment of the mystery and meaning of brokenness and suffering.
Edmund Rice Education Australia Colleges LTD,
Trading as Ignatius Park College. ABN: 58 395 448 571
Term 1 starts Monday 23 January 2023
Acknowledgement of Country
The Ignatius Park College Community would like to humbly acknowledge the Wulgurukaba peoples on whose land our College is located, as well as the Bindal peoples on whose land many of us live and travel across daily. We respectfully thank the elders of this traditional land both past and present for guiding us through the journey of time to where we are today.