Wednesday, January 27, 2010

ST. ANGELA MERICI


Angela was a single lay woman who felt called to help girls receive an education and live good Christian lives. Gradually others joined her in this work and while living at home with their families they consecrated themselves to God and dedicated themselves to this service. In 1535 Angela organized them into the Company of St. Ursula, now known as the Ursuline Sisters. This was the first religious congregation of women dedicated to education. Angela was convinced that society would become more Christian through the good education of its future wives and mothers. Let us ask St. Angela to pray with us today as we ask that young people may learn to use the new social means of communication in ways that prepare them to serve society. Our reflection is from “The Spiritual Testament of St. Angela Merici.”

I beg you to be concerned about every one of your children. Bear them, so to speak, engraved upon your heart—not merely their names, but their conditions and states, whatever they may be. I beg you again: strive to draw these children by love, modesty, charity, and not by pride or harshness. Be sincerely kind to every one according to the words of our Lord: Learn of me, for I am meek and humble of heart. Thus you are imitiating God, of whom it is said: He has disposed all things pleasantly.

And again Jesus said: My yoke is easy and my burden is light. You also ought to exercise pleasantness toward all, taking great care especially that what you have commanded may never be done by reason of force. For God has given free will to everyone, and therefore he forces no one but only indicates, calls, persuades. Sometimes, however, something will have to be done with a stronger command, yet in a suitable manner and according to the state and necessities of individuals; but then also we should be impelled by charity and zeal for souls.


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