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Angela Reflection

May 2024

“...our acts, words, and movements should be an example and a source of strength to all those who deal with us...”
Rule of Virginity

Who we are often reflects the roles we play in our daily lives, be it parent, teacher, administrator, friend, family member, co-worker, member of a church, a club, some organization, or being a son or daughter. 

Our roles often define who we are and how we act. We are expected to act in word and deed as professionals. As we respond to others we draw on our inner resources of wisdom and integrity so that we are seen as knowledgeable, confident, caring and understanding individuals.

Depending on the situation or circumstances, we may find that one minute we are upset with someone for whatever reason, but the next minute we must be upbeat and optimistic for the person who walks through the door. Each person we meet deserves our undivided attention and expects us to be present to them in that particular moment.

When we provide an environment that is warm, safe and comfortable, we are in essence transforming our energy into a source of strength for the other. That’s why St. Angela reminds us to always be courteous and well-mannered, gentle and kind. She says “…let no act or gesture be unworthy of those who bear the name of servants of Jesus Christ…” The Gospels show us how our actions and behavior should always be reflective of how Jesus related to individuals and was present to them in a loving and accepting way. Those we encounter may desire the same treatment and we can be like Jesus for them.
 

Sister Donna Frey, OSU
Ursuline and Catholic Identity