Sister Joseph Martha Mason
1921 – 2017
Born: 28th March 1921
Entered Religious Life: 15th August 1939
Died: 23rd May 2017
The following reflection was given by Sr Monica Byrne at Sr Joseph Martha’s funeral in Gardiner St Church.
Sr Joseph Martha was born in Passage, Waterford on the 29th March 1921 to Kathleen and Patrick Mason.
She entered the Sister of Charity in Milltown on 15th August 1939 and was professed on January 1943.
After her Profession Sr Martha went to Temple Street in 1950 she lived there until 2009 a total of 59 years. Throughout her years there she endeared herself to the Temple Street Hospital Staff and the Sisters in Community. When the time came for her to receive Care she herself recognised her need and moved quietly and happily to St Monica’s Nursing Home where she was cared for so lovingly and where she died peacefully on Tuesday last.
I think of Martha as a Saint.
For a moment just listen to the Fruits of the Spirit which we all learnt in preparation for our Confirmation.
These are Love, Joy, Peace, Goodness, Kindness, Patience Gentleness, Faithfulness, Self-control.
Now listen to the words that I have heard and witnessed in the life of Martha:
A deep love of God and of Community. She loved to be with the Community in Temple Street and with the residents at activities in St Monica’s. She loved nature. She loved her family and they loved her. Martha just oozed love. She was a woman of deep prayer and her life was lived in union with her God and doing His will was important.
Emanating from that Love was Peace. She was contented with herself where she was and whatever she was doing. She was always gentle, kind and patient. She was faithful to her vocation as a Religious Sister of Charity throughout her life. Her life lived in deep love was rich with the gifts of the Spirit.
When I was reflecting on Martha’s life the refrain from a Hymn to Our Lady kept coming to me, many of you will be familiar with it :-
‘Gentle Woman, quiet light
Morning star so strong and bright
Gentle mother’ peaceful dove.
Teach us wisdom, teach love.’
Martha is now reaping the reward of a life lived in love for the God of love.
May she now enjoy that peace and love forever.