November 2017 – Angela Reflection

“Do not be anxious about any temporal needs, since God alone knows how to provide for you.”
St. Angela Merici – Rule 10/16-17

In her life, Angela Merici lived by making God central to her life. God was her first love and all else came second. Seek first the kingdom of God and all our other needs, wants and desires should fall into their rightful place. If we trust in God’s providence with a steadfast faith we come to understand that God only wants what is best for us.

Trusting in God is a risky business. God is not saying that we will get everything we desire or want; what God is saying is that we need to put things in perspective. We need to be “real” and sincere about what we ask of God.

Angela left home heading to a new city, not knowing anyone and not knowing what and how her ministry would unfold. She met with conflicts and struggles; she ruffled feathers and she dared to try something new. She did not gain 100% support but she did open the eyes of many as to the conditions and circumstances for women of her time.

It was her faithfulness to her relationship with God that carried her through the most difficult and challenging times. God did not always answer her prayers to her satisfaction but she relied on God’s love and mercy to help her understand.

Our trust, hope and confidence in God will help us to be less anxious about the “things” we may want or desire. This is a consoling thought.

How much do we trust in our God? Can we allow our God to look out for us and do for us what God sees best?

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