Angela: Model for Today

January 27th is the feast day of Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursulines.  When one looks at the life of Angela Merici we see a woman who would be considered extraordinary in any time or culture.  She was a woman of the earth coming from a family of farmers and yet she was comfortable in cities large and small.  She…

Compassion

Compassion is not something that comes naturally to us.  And yet, when we look at both the Hebrew and Christian Scriptures, we are called to be compassionate people.  As followers of Jesus we have no choice but to be compassionate.   In order to understand compassion and all its implications, we need to look closely at…

The Good Samaritan

Of all the New Testament stories one of the best known is the story of the Good Samaritan. What strikes me when reflecting on this story is the fact that the injured traveler was a Jew and the kind helper was a Samaritan.  The people from these two groups hated each other due to differing religious…

Four Seasons

I have never met a single person who is perfect. Even St. Mother Teresa admitted in her journals that she lived with struggles, including faith doubts.  A lay woman, Dorothy Day, is on the road to sainthood. She is now called a Servant of God, the first step on the sainthood track. She was a non-believer,…

New Beginnings

At the end of each year I like to take time to thank God for all the blessings I’ve experienced during the past twelve months. I also look back over my lifetime to see the multitude of gifts I’ve experienced. I am always overwhelmed at God’s goodness. A variety of ministries has brought amazing people…