The spirituality of Catherine McAuley incorporated the great themes of Mercy and Justice. This was the legacy she passed on to all Sisters of Mercy.
The spirituality was very influenced by the work of St Augustine where he focussed on the prayer life that is developed within the person. As he wrote “Do not go outside but enter into yourself, for truth dwells in the interior self.”
He also said, “Your prayer is your conversation with God” and this was certainly the way Catherine encouraged all her Sisters in prayer. She totally relied on His goodness to her and trusted implicitly that he would bring good out of every situation.